Tag Archives: City of Portland

In Portland, Scooter Start-Ups Played Nice. Regulators Took Note.

The e-scooter boom began in Santa Monica, Calif., about 16 months ago. Electric scooters, owned by start-ups looking to mimic the success of ride-hailing companies like Uber, appeared around town.

Portland NAACP, others rally, demanding city rescind earthquake warning sign ordinance

Portland NAACP leaders, renters rights groups and music advocates are sounding the alarm over what they say is a “stealth” attempt to undermine local property owners who live or work in older brick buildings. The groups held a news conference outside City Hall on Saturday morning to demand the city rescind an ordinance, which affects […]
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NAACP links earthquake signs in Oregon to white supremacy

A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black people to move out of neighborhoods, the NAACP of Portland, Oregon, says. The group on Thursday decried the policy affecting some 1,600 unreinforced masonry buildings […]
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New Pay Equity Law Throws City Of Portland Employees Into Confusion

Emails sent to city of Portland employees explaining Oregon’s new pay equity law raised questions about how prepared the state and employers were for implementation. Earlier this week, the Portland Bureau of Human Resources sent emails to city employees detailing how a new state pay equity law would affect them. The law went into effect Jan. 1. The bureau […]
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10 wishes for Oregon’s transportation world in 2019

You can’t always get what you want. Some pine for Red Dead Redemption II on PlayStation 4. Others long for a bullet train between Vancouver, B.C., and Portland. Sacrifices must be made. When it comes to mega transportation projects or just good behavior and common sense on the roads, there are so many things we […]
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Portland faces prospect of a ‘normal’ real estate market

It’s been perhaps two decades since the Portland area’s seen a housing market where prices weren’t either spiraling into the depths of the housing crash or shooting skyward. So 2018 came as a surprise for homebuyers and sellers. Neither boom nor bust; just slow and steady. Source: Portland faces prospect of a ‘normal’ real estate […]
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If Oregon Bans Single-Family Zoning, It Will Change How Portlanders Live

Portland has among the nation’s highest percentage of housing that are single-family homes. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) wants to remodel some neighborhoods. On Dec. 14, WW first reported Kotek is drafting a proposal that would require cities with populations larger than 10,000 to allow up to four homes to be built on land […]
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Portland on Pace to Record Fewest Number of Murders Among Nation’s 30 Largest Cities

Overall, the nation’s murder rate is on pace to decline nearly 6 percent this year. The good news in the murder statistics released by the Brennan Center for Justice last week is that Portland is on pace to record the fewest murders of any of the nation’s largest 30 cities. As of Dec. 12, Portland […]
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Brick building owners sue city over earthquake signs

In October, Portland city commissioners voted to make the owners of old masonry buildings that hadn’t been retrofitted to better withstand earthquakes put a sign on the building saying so. But a lawsuit filed this week claims the owners shouldn’t have to; in fact, attorneys representing the Masonry Building Owners of Oregon claim the city […]
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ODOT to pay Portland for homeless camp clean-ups

Homeless camps on state highways and interstates will be swept by Portland cleaners in 2019. A new clean-up contract will task Portland — not the state department of transportation — with sweeping up homeless camps built on the grassy slopes of bustling freeways or nestled among the trees of pedal and pedestrian paths. The Oregon […]
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