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Dr. Know: Communi-Posting

Why can't apartment complexes have compost collection?

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I live in a 10-unit apartment complex. Why aren’t we allowed to compost like single-family homes? Our dumpster is overflowing, and the recycling is stuffed with pizza boxes. Shouldn’t we get   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Weakly by the Willamette

Are there any major cities besides Portland that use the weak-mayor system?

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Portland has a “weak mayor” system of governance where the mayor shares power with four commissioners. It took me a little while to wrap my head around that. Are there any other major cities   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Man's Best Temp

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They’ve taken down the “Temporary Dog Play Area” signs at Northwest 12th Avenue and Overton Street. Now where do I take my temporary dog to play? She’s not much of a dog, but she’s all I   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Rubble Rousing

What's with the pile of rock and broken cement at Southeast Water Avenue?

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I drive the Marquam Bridge daily, and on the east end by Southeast Water Avenue is a pile of rock and broken cement that neither grows nor gets smaller, even though giant backhoes are active the   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Horning In

Why do trains still have to blow their horns in town?

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Why in the name of the Almighty Monkey do we still have to suffer through trains blowing their horns as they crawl through town? I mean, this is 2013—can’t they figure out some better option t   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Taxi Cab Confusion

What is the story behind Union Cab?

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What is this Union Cab company, with its splashy periwinkle and orange sherbet-colored cars? Can Union be trusted? And who gave it permission to operate here? —Night Cabbie in SE Your signatur   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Truth Laid Bare

Does Portland really have the highest number of strip clubs per capita?

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I always hear that Portland has the most strip clubs of any city in the U.S.—or at least the most per capita. Are either of these claims even slightly true? —Statistically Curious I don’t    More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Surprising Lack of Herbert

Why is nothing in Oregon named after President Herbert Hoover?

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U.S. President Herbert Hoover was from Oregon. How come nothing here is named after him? —Tequila Wilhelmina I admire your penchant for brevity, Willi. You should be on Twitter—and while you’r   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Art of Taxation

Why is the arts tax billed separately?

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I voted for the arts tax, but assumed it would be included in the “regular” tax. Why is it separate? It feels like a punishment: “You voted for it, here it is, in your face.” If I don’t    More
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Weighty Question

Has there always been a wealth of fat chicks in Portland?

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Has there always been a wealth of fat chicks in Portland? I used to brag about how cute (cute, not gorgeous) our women are, but lately I’ve seen a lot of boombalattys. What gives? —Free Willy   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 MARTY SMITH

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