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By John A. Charles, Jr. September 5 marked the official 30th anniversary of the opening of TriMet’s light rail system. Like many Portland residents, I took a free ride that day and felt that this was a big step forward … Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council has approved a plan for the Housing Bureau to lease industrial land in North Portland for $10,000 per month, beginning October 7. The site is to be used for the construction … Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr. Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job. The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign … Continue reading
I like to think of myself as a rational human being. But there are a few things that drive me to irrationality simply by their frequency, duration, and in-your-face public display. In this case we are talking about the abuse … Continue reading
by Jeff Anderson A couple of years ago, this would have made me angry. Not anymore. For years I would ride my bike on the Springwater Trail. This was a great trail to ride, walk or jog.
By John A. Charles, Jr. Recently TriMet announced that after two years of planning for an expensive new “bus rapid transit” line from Gresham to Portland, the new service would actually take 8-11 minutes longer than current buses. Over in … Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week that Portland is one of seven cities still in the running for a $50 million grant as part of DOT’s “Smart Cities” challenge. Portland is proposing to build … Continue reading
By Bobbie Jager On Sunday the fifth-annual National School Choice Week concluded, and states across the nation have had much to celebrate. In the past decade, choice advocates across the political spectrum have worked to pass legislation including full funding for … Continue reading
by NW Spotlight Remember when thousands of protesters back in 2011 marched in Portland? Protesters who on the first day marched into Pioneer Courthouse Square chanting “Whose square? Our square!” The protests were joined by labor unions and were held … Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr. Over the past four years, TriMet and Metro have been planning something called the SW Corridor Project. Metro describes it as a multi-modal project featuring new transit capacity, local street improvements, and enhancements to trails, … Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council has decided to allocate $20 million to solve a perceived crisis with “homelessness” and another $67 million to subsidize “affordable housing.” As usual with Portland spending, these numbers were pulled out … Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr. Syndicated financial writer Malcolm Berko recently advised a small investor to stay away from Greek bonds or securities. He wrote, “Greece has morphed into a bureaucratic five-star welfare state; but in reality, Greece is a … Continue reading