Can we drink in the streets? Maybe soon. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is waiving its usual red tape and making it easier for restaurants to expand into parks, parking lots, sidewalks, and streets. Now we just need PBOT to steal a page from Lithuania and turn more roads into open-air cafes, and we’ll be sipping mimosas in the middle of Mississippi Ave. in no time. (OregonLive)
Update: We asked PBOT’s John Brady about that idea, and he says the agency is “looking at the options” and expects to announce changes next week — but those changes won’t include closing streets to traffic “yet.” Our reaction: Let the pressure campaign begin!
UPDATE (5/27): From John Brady: “I misspoke when I said that closing a street entirely won’t be an option. It will be an option for businesses, and we will be announcing the next phase of our Safe Streets initiative on Thursday.” 👀
Here’s another question: Will Portlanders feel safe returning to restaurants as soon as they reopen? In parts of Oregon where restrictions have already been loosened, some bars and restaurants are still nearly empty, while others (especially in Bend) are so busy they need waiting lists. Not sure you’ll feel safe eating out? One option is to start by dining outside, because as this Vox article explains, the risk of transmission seems to be much lower in the open air than indoors. (Willamette Week)
It’s not every day that a celebrity like John Legend weighs in on Portland elections, and it’s not every day that a reform-minded district attorney candidate wins by a 3:1 margin. But the Multnomah County DA’s race made both those things happen this week, and criminal justice experts say it’s part of a national trend. (OregonLive)
Amazon is also getting involved in Portland politics, but not in a good way. According to public records, Amazon spent $12,000 last year lobbying against a proposed ban on facial recognition technology in Portland. But if Commissioner Hardesty’s clapback is any indication, those lobbyists don’t stand much of a chance. (OneZero)
Finally, behold our favorite photo of the week: a portrait of a man who knows that face masks and fresh kicks are the only garments that matter anymore. 😂 (Reddit)
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🌿 Do a weed workout. Portland Environmental Services put together a punny video that will teach you how to get a workout while ridding your yard of invasive plants.
🏠 Spruce up your home. Bridgeliner member Lauren Goché shared her ten favorite low-cost projects for making your home more dreamy — and more sellable.
📚 Read a new book by a local author. “Guantanamo Voices” is an illustrated book by Sarah Mirk about the people whose lives have been shaped by the Guantanamo prison.
🍝 Take advantage of this ravioli deal. You can get $40 worth of grub at DeNicola’s Italian Restaurant for half price.
✍️ Take a breath and write a letter to someone (Online)
🙋 Test your Disney trivia knowledge (Online)
🏘️ Get tips for building an ADU in your backyard (Online)
🍅 Stock up at the St. Johns Farmers Market (North Portland)
🎭 Watch a local theater group perform "King Lear" (Online)
😋 Grab a breakfast crepe to go (Milwaukie)
🌆 Catch the last week of the Vanport Mosaic Festival - through Saturday (Online)
📽️ Learn how animated movies are made (Online)
🎤 Join a discussion about hip-hop and history in the PNW (Online)
😻 Meet the otters at the Oregon Zoo (Online)
🚧 Hear how Portland and Seattle are reimagining their streets (Online)
🎭 Watch local drag queens and puppeteers put on a show (Online)
🙏 Do yoga with kittens for a good cause - through Friday (Online)
If your weekend plans include a bike ride, look out for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles around town, as Donatello has already been spotted in Parkrose. 😉
And finally, a PSA: If you want to help keep Portland’s reopening plan on track, do your best to celebrate Memorial Day responsibly this weekend.
Deschutes County is already seeing an uptick in new cases as people get loosey goosey with their social distancing, and that’s the last thing we need here in Portland.
OK, that’s all! Go have a great weekend, and we’ll see you Tuesday.