Why Do City Leaders Keep Portland in the “Transportation Dark Ages?”

By Steve Buckstein In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. A week ago, Uber began operating in Portland without permission, in effect daring the authorities to … Continue reading

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Portland’s “F” Doesn’t Stand for “Transportation Friendly”

By Matthew Hayes R Street Institute, a D.C.-based think tank, released its Ridescore website last week. The site grades 50 large U.S. cities based on taxi, limo, and transportation network friendliness. Portland received an F, making it the second-most transportation-hostile … Continue reading

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$15 Minimum Wage? More May Turn Out to Be Less

By Kathryn Hickok Last summer, Seattle passed an ordinance raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour. A Portland-area restaurant owner recently explained in The Oregonian how a $15-per-hour minimum wage here would spell lower total wages and less opportunity … Continue reading

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No New Street Fee: City Council Should Approve Street Maintenance from the General Fund

Recently, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick suggested that the City Council approve $7 million in General Fund dollars to help pay for street maintenance. The City expects to have a surplus of some $9 million this fall, allowing new discretionary requests … Continue reading

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A Prescription for Affordable Housing in Portland

By Everet Rummel A new issue faces Portland. City Hall is considering waiving development fees for developers of market-rate housing in the Old Town Chinatown district. Chinatown is Portland’s oldest neighborhood and has earned an unpleasant reputation. City Hall claims … Continue reading

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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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