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Dr. Know: What's driving all the growth in Portland?

Dr. Know
I’ve been out of town for a while. Now that I’m back, I see change everywhere. New light rail and construction all over. What gives? Is the economy better? Is everyone moving here because of   More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why are temperatures on public transit so extreme when we live in such a moderate climate?

Dr. Know
It’s fall, and my streetcar is becoming a sweaty, muggy mess again. Whenever the outdoor temperature drops below 80, they start blasting the heat. Why are temperatures on public transit so ext   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why is there an optional ballot-secrecy envelope in Oregon?

Dr. Know
Why is there an optional ballot-secrecy envelope in Oregon? Was there some nefarious tampering or spying in the past that warranted its development? —Enveloped in Curiosity I don’t mean to   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Why is Slabtown labeled “The Bucket” on Apple and Google maps?

Dr. Know
I see that the neighborhood we all call Slabtown is labeled “The Bucket” on Apple and Google maps. Is this a so-called “copyright trap” by mapmakers, or does anyone in the city actually    More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: There should be a law against getting a table before ordering from the counter.

Dr. Know
In many Portland restaurants, you order at the counter, then get a number to take to your table. But some folks get a table before they order—when I go to find a table, they’ve all been snak   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why can't my Portland water bill be monthly instead of quarterly?

Dr. Know
Can you explain why, unlike every other bill I pay, my city of Portland water bill can’t manage to come in once a month? I’m going along, minding my own business, when, wham!, I’m blindsid   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The pronunciation of Willamette seems wrong to me.

Dr. Know
Thanks for the pronunciation info on “Glisan,” but surely the real linguistic elephant in the room is the pronunciation of “Willamette.” It’s always seemed wrong to me. Who dropped the   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: How do you pronounce "Glisan"?

Dr. Know
My roommate and I got into a bar fight over the pronunciation of “Glisan,” as in Glisan Street. My understanding is that the street’s namesake pronounced it “Glisten.” Why must Portlan   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Should I give money to panhandlers?

Dr. Know
Whenever I give money to panhandlers, some scold comes along to grouse that such folks already collect plenty from Social Security, plus they make $300 to $400 a day off suckers like me. And a   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTY SMITH

What is with the padlocks on the Vista Bridge fence?

Dr. Know
A few years ago, the city put up a chain-link fence on the Vista Bridge to deter suicides. Over time, a lot of people attached padlocks to the fence for whatever reason. Now those locks have bee   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MARTY SMITH

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