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Dr. Know: Post-Apocalyptic Suspension

Which Portland bridges are capable of surviving the Big Quake?


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After the big one hits and we Mad-Max our way out of the rubble, which bridges will be available for pedestrian, biking and automobile use? I am preparing a post-disaster beer-run map as part of   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland’s Pained Smiles

Is Portland as passive-aggressive as people say?


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People new to Portland tell me that our city is very passive-aggressive compared to other places. I’m sorry to say that I agree with them. What gives Portland this reputation, and what, if a   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Light Rail, Heavy Expenditures

Why does light rail cost so much?


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Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail cost $1.5 billion for 7.3 miles, or $205 million per mile. I’m a mass-transit fan, but yikes! I don’t see gold leaf on any of the new tracks, so I’m stumped. Ho   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Metro Contextual

What the heck does Metro do anyway?


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I’m running for Metro president, but there seems to be a general ignorance as to what Metro is. Before campaign season kicks off, can you explain to folks what it does? This way I can talk more    More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: 2BR, 1BA, 1 Drawbridge

Is the city using the little house on top of the Steel Bridge?


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I was wondering if the city is using the little house on top of the Steel Bridge? If it’s for lease, I think a hardwood floor and some IKEA furniture could transform it into a sweet pad.   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Curbing Car Use

Are restaurant Street Seats legal?


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Recently, restaurants have begun expanding their dining areas by annexing public, on-street parking spaces to build little outdoor decks for tables and seats. Will you please comment on the lega   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: EV EMF A-OK?

I hear electric cars don’t shield riders from all that EMF they produce. Are we doomed?


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I hear electric cars don’t shield riders from all that electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation they produce. I pity the way the “humans” in these cars are getting their gonads micro-nuked. Are   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mane Street

Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets?


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Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets? And water them at Skidmore Fountain? Should I build a paddock in my driveway? —Carl It’s funny you should bring this up, Carl. As it turns    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Carding Complexities

Can OLCC agents lie during a sting?


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Because of my youthful appearance, I’m often carded for alcohol. But occasionally a barkeep will simply ask if I’m 21. I’ve asked why, and they say undercover OLCC agents can’t lie during    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mixed-Up Signals

Why don't Portland's stoplight countdown displays sync with the yellow light?


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Portland has been installing countdown displays at stoplights. But sometimes when they count down, nothing happens—the light remains green. Why can’t they sync with the yellow light, like th   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MARTY SMITH
 

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