Changemakers

How Maurice Rahming Is Changing the Face of Construction

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Maurice Rahming saw his way out of poverty through the trades. Growing up in affordable housing (known then as “the projects”), Rahming’s family couldn’t afford for him to go to college. Instead, he opted for technical school, and Mr. Hall, a master electrician, saw Rahming’s potential in the electrical trade and helped […]

/ April 18, 2019


For Timbers Army, Portland’s Providence Park Grows Up

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Chelsea Grassinger from Allied Works Architecture is leading the stadium expansion at Providence Park, where the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns play their home matches. The new configuration will include 4,000 additional seats, three elevated decks, and a 160-foot rooftop canopy. WHAT SHE’S DOING: Providence Park is locked in by streets and […]

/ March 5, 2019


Portland has Big Housing Problems. Brett Schulz is Thinking Small

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Brett Schulz. Brett develops projects for non-profit organizations and affordable housing complexes. He is currently working on two major projects: 1) Jolene’s Cousin Series – a part SRO/part market-rate apartment building with commercial space below that has been funded by private donors and crowdsourced funds, and 2) A Homeownership program partnership with Portland […]

/ February 27, 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 […]

/ February 13, 2019


Meet the Duo Behind a Podcast That’ll Move You — Or At Least Try

Can you imagine a Portland with more bikes and public transit on the road than cars? Because it might not be far away. As things stand now, roughly half of Portlanders commute to work alone by car, while 33 percent walk, bike, carpool, or ride public transit to work. (The remaining 17% work remotely, carpool, […]

/ February 13, 2019


Portland Transit Has Never Looked Cooler

If anyone can make the inside of a TriMet bus look magical, it’s Brian Lum. Lum is TriMet’s web and social media coordinator, and he’s the man behind the photos that appear on the transit agency’s social accounts. His goal? To start a dialogue about sustainable transit through photography — creating images of iconic parts of Portland […]

/ February 7, 2019


Safe Routes to School: It Takes More Than Just a Stop Sign

What does it take to keep kids safe on their way to school? Stop signs and crosswalks only go so far. That’s where the work of Lale Santelices, PBOT’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) coordinator, comes into play. “It doesn’t matter how many signs I put up or how many crosswalks I paint,” she said. […]

/ January 31, 2019


Meet David Bouchard, a Blind Portlander with a Vision for Transit

Not enough braille and large print. Quiet or unclear stop announcements. No accessible real-time arrival information. As a blind transit rider, Portlander David Bouchard has a unique perspective on where systems like TriMet fall short on accommodating everyone in the community. “Since I can’t drive, I’m transit-dependent, and I realized very quickly that public transportation […]

/ January 23, 2019