Tag Archives: City of Portland

Middle incomes rise in Portland area, progress stalls on fighting poverty

Middle-class incomes in the Portland area reached a new high last year, but the region’s progress in lifting its poorest residents out of poverty stalled. The strong economy pushed the median household income in the Portland area to nearly $72,000, the highest point on record, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday. The median is the point […]
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Chronic Absenteeism | Carbon Neutral Buildings – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The rates of chronic absenteeism in Oregon schools is worse than in schools in many other states around the country. A new plan, along with new funding, may make a difference. We’ll hear all about it from Carla Wade, interim director of data operations and grants management at the Oregon Department of Education and Kenan Ginsberg, an attendance […]
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Airbnb|FEMA Youth Council – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A recent audit conducted by the city of Portland estimates nearly 80 percent of Portland’s short-term rentals are operating illegally. City officials say they’ve had difficulties enforcing city regulations because they don’t have access to user data that shows how many short-term rentals are operating in the city. We sit down with Marshall Runkel, Chief of Staff for […]
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Catching Up With Right 2 Dream, Too – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Portland homeless encampment Right 2 Dream, Too has been in its temporary location in the Lloyd district for about a year. We’ll talk to member of the neighborhood association and a camp resident about how it’s been going and what the future might hold for Right 2 Dream, Too. Our guests are Sarah Carlston with R2D2 and Keith […]
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Portland cyclist struck at 60 mph sues city, state claiming bad road design

Robert A. Smith claims that the city of Portland and the state of Oregon knew about the dangers posed by a North Portland bike lane that crosses an on-ramp to Interstate 5. A 43-year-old cyclist hit by a car driving 60 mph in one of Portland’s most dangerous cyclist-vehicle crossings is suing Portland and Oregon for $1.35 […]
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Covered wagon and horses provide Lyft rides in Portland

Promotional event uses modern ride-share service to commemorate Oregon Trail anniversary. Need a lift? If so, you might consider going by covered wagon. The ride-sharing company, Lyft, and Travel Oregon will provide free wagon rides in downtown Portland from Aug. 28-31. The wagon will travel a predetermined route from the Oregon Historical Society on Southwest […]
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Portland wanted to shelter every homeless family. The plan backfired, but it offers lessons for Seattle

No city wants families living on its streets, but fixing the homeless problem turns out to be more complicated than simply saying “We won’t turn anyone away” from shelters. It was a rainy winter evening when Deborah Kafoury got her wake-up call. She was delivering dinner to a church homeless shelter, and under the awning, […]
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Construction Begins On Salmon ‘Rest Stop’ On Portland’s Willamette River

Construction started this week on a habitat restoration project that will welcome salmon back into a wetland in the heart of Southeast Portland. The Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is the largest undeveloped stretch of the Willamette River floodplain below Willamette Falls. It’s 175 acres of prime habitat. But for nearly a century, a small culvert has […]
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Our View: Avoiding Portland traffic at all costs 

An estimated 34,600 hours a day wasted in jams. It doesn’t take a traffic engineer to determine that Portland is highway-impaired. Traffic in Oregon’s largest city is slow. How slow is it, you ask? A few years ago, the state Department of Transportation estimated that 34,600 hours a day were wasted in Portland traffic jams. […]
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Editorial: Council should ignore latest loopiness from Portland

The Bend Council knows the community has an affordable housing problem, and it has worked hard to help correct the situation. Sometimes the results have been good, sometimes less so. Put some of the nuttier ideas to come out of the Portland City Council — including the city’s 90-day eviction notice ordinance — fall into […]
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