(32 posts)

How to Make(r) the Most of Design Week Portland

Design Week Portland kicks off this Saturday, April 6, and for those who like to learn by doing, we’ve curated a list of hands-on “maker” events to check out around town. Got other suggestions for our list? Let us know. Sunday, April 7 🎨 Learn how to use indigo to make non-toxic dyes (SE | […]

Community / April 4, 2019

PDXplained: What Do You Want to Know about St. Johns?

In our next installment of PDXplained, we’re exploring Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood.

Neighborhoods / April 3, 2019

Neighborhood Spotlight on the Pearl District

Powell’s Books. The Brewery Blocks. Bougie artisan coffee. You know that side of the Pearl District, but did you know the Pearl is also home to a circus education program? Or that it’s a hub for subsidized affordable housing? Or that it used to look like this? For our latest neighborhood spotlight series, we discovered the Peruvian roots […]

Neighborhoods / March 28, 2019

Mailbag: What’s the Big Deal About Widening I-5?

📹: Oregon Department of Transportation We wrote last week about ODOT’s plan to widen I-5 through the Rose Quarter and the backlash it’s facing from neighbors and activists. Here’s what we heard from readers, plus responses from our director Ben DeJarnette.   Reader Julie S. said it’s misleading to say that the current comment period […]

Community / March 18, 2019

Here Are Your Portland Love Stories

🎨: Haley Weaver How have you found love here in Portland? We asked our readers that question to kick off this month’s Real Talk series on finding romance in our city. Here are a few of our favorite responses: “I met my boyfriend on Grindr on July 4, 2015. We’re getting married this year on July […]

Community / February 27, 2019

PDXplained: Why Isn’t Lower Albina an Official Portland Neighborhood?

(📸: Library of Congress, via the Volga Germans in Portland blog) “Lower Albina isn’t one of the city’s official neighborhoods. Why is that? What’s the history of how Portland’s neighborhoods were formed?” That’s the winning question from this month’s PDXplained audience vote. Here’s what we learned: ALBINA’S ORIGIN STORY About a century before neighborhood associations […]

History / February 25, 2019

How to Find Love in Portland, Without an App

It might seem like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge are the only ways to find a date in these modern times, but believe it or not, there are still other paths to discover love in our city. Here are a few strategies that our research — and our readers — suggest are worth a try. 1. […]

Community / February 19, 2019

Changemakers: Meet the Portlanders Who Are Shaping Our Transportation Future

When it comes to getting around, the struggle is real. Traffic is now a daily fact of life for many of us, and as Portland continues to grow, the need for solutions and alternatives to the gridlock has become all the more urgent. For our latest Changemaker series, we met up with a handful of […]

Changemakers / February 13, 2019

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What Will Portland’s ‘Residential Infill’ Plan Do? We Asked the People Behind It

📸: Hector Chacon “I embrace progress. I’m not a curmudgeon. I understand the city needs to increase revenues and all that to function. I just think the city could do it a little more kindly. To me, it looks like the city is doing a money grab and giving developers carte blanche.” That’s how reader […]

Politics / February 4, 2019

A QFC Just Closed in NE Portland. We Lost More Than a Grocery Store

When I heard the news, I was crushed. My neighborhood grocery, QFC on NE 33rd, was closing. QFC has been my store for all 13 years I’ve lived in Portland, despite the many choices within walking distance of my neighborhood, Sullivan’s Gulch. The grocery business is highly competitive, and demographics—education, house prices, income, density—partially explain […]

Community / February 4, 2019