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Dr. Know: The Truth About Head Shops

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Now that weed is legal, can we finally abandon the charade where we all pretend that none of the things sold in the head shop will be used for smoking marijuana? Can we, at long last, call a bong a bo   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Do I Want A Swamp Cooler In This Heat?

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During the recent heat wave, a friend was raving about swamp coolers. I’d never heard of them. All she could tell me was, it’s a box that appears to make your room less hot. How do they work? Do I   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Benson Bubbler Basics

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Why are the Benson Bubblers [Portland’s landmark public water fountains] always running, especially when Oregon is experiencing a serious drought ? —IndraWhy do all those Benson Bubblers only rele   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Someone Clean This Up

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When I drive past the scene of an accident, I often see a lot of broken glass left behind. This could damage tires, or cause another collision when cars slow down to drive through it. Isn’t anyone r   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Does the DMV Allow Dirty Vanity License Plates?

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Recently I saw a standard, nonpersonalized Oregon license plate that featured the three letters “FUG.” I was amused, but it made me think: There must be combinations of letters the DMV skips (“F   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Are there any real lumberjacks left in Oregon?

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I’ve been in Portland a long time, and the fake lumberjack style (beard, flannel, work boots, knit cap, etc.) has gotten a little overwhelming. And anyway, with advances in logging automatio   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: How does the city decide when a new building is just too ugly to be built?

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Who approves building designs? Specifically, who approved the hideous “Zipper” building at Northeast 28th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard? Were any of the neighbors consulted? How does the city   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why do Portlanders like waiting in line so much?

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On the freeway, when you see a sign that says, “Left Lane Ends, 1 Mile,” when should you merge right? I say “in 1 mile,” but most people change lanes immediately, and think I’m a che   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Doesn’t Portland have an ordinance forbidding people from broadcasting noise with speakers in public?

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Portland’s street musicians are usually just annoying, but with the addition of amplification they become intolerable. Doesn’t Portland have an ordinance forbidding people from broadcastin   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why are Portland's walk and transit scores so low on Walkscore.com?

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Portland has a large and beefy bike score on Walkscore.com. But I was stunned by our walk and transit scores. We’re below Seattle, and even Los Angeles! What gives? —Troy I realize we’ve   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MARTY SMITH

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