Portland Public Schools’ New Ombudsman Should Be Independent

By Joel Grey In response to parent complaints, Portland Public Schools will create a new ombudsman position. An ombudsman is a person within an organization who provides accountability and investigates complaints. It’s a good thing for public schools to have an … Continue reading

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The “Sharing Economy” Benefits Homeowners, Guests

By Everet Rummel An emerging sector of many local economies is “homesharing,” or renting space in your home to strangers for a short term, usually a few nights. Smartphone apps such as Airbnb allow owners to list their homes for … Continue reading

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The Portland Seed Fund: Boom or Bust?

By Joel Grey The Portland Seed Fund started as a public-private venture intended to close a funding gap for small loans to entrepreneurs. The City of Portland, the City of Hillsboro, and the State of Oregon provided a majority of the funds … Continue reading

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Portland Should Be Fair to Taxis by Setting Them Free

By Everet Rummel This issue affects almost all city-dwellers, and cities around the world are taking action. Some view it as their own livelihoods being at stake. It has even sparkedmass protests in Europe. The issue? Whether or not cities … Continue reading

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Should Portland Residents Pay Another Fee to Cover Basic Road Maintenance?

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is proposing a new transportation tax for 2015. He claims this is needed to offset a decline in revenue. However, the facts show a different story. Total revenue for transportation has been growing for decades. For example, from … Continue reading

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The Last Communist City: Havana or Portland?

By Steve Buckstein It’s clearly a stretch to describe Portland as a communist city, but there is an eerie similarity between Portland and the real communist city of Havana. Portland-based independent journalist Michael J. Totten recently traveled to Cuba to see for … Continue reading

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Airbnb, Destructive Innovation, and Liberty

By William Newell Portland is brainstorming regulations for temporary lodging made possible by websites like Airbnb. Airbnb describes itself as a “community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.” The proposed rules would make homeowners pay a tax, … Continue reading

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