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HABITAT: What the Hell Does $250K Buy, Anyway?

Maybe more than you'd think.

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In the last few years, Portlanders have grown accustomed to hearing the city's real estate scene described as "red hot." Some even throw around phrases like "out of control." And it's true that values ...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Christian Gaston

Going postal

Look what's in an already-controversial mail delivery contract.

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Beaverton Postmaster John Lee told the letter carrier's union in January that he was hiring a contractor for delivery in a Beaverton-area suburb because he thought it could save $33,878 a year ("You'v ...   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Christian Gaston

The claim game

Could a seemingly obscure insurance fight cause taxi rates to double or kill small cab companies?

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When Pacificab owner Steve Love heard one of his drivers had filed a claim for workers' compensation after an accident, he didn't think much of it. Love believed cab drivers weren't covered by worker ...   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 Christian Gaston

You've Got Mail

But it isn't always the U.S. Postal Service delivering it.

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Mail delivery finally came Monday to a west-side housing development after a two-month search for a private contractor by the U.S. Postal Service that even included posting a query on Craigslist. The ...   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Christian Gaston

Gifts That Keep On Giving

Senate bill to milk school funds straight from corporate teat.

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Remember two years ago when your douchebag boss gave you a $20 restaurant gift card instead of a Christmas bonus and, after weighing the possibility of settling for all-you-can eat soup, salad and bre ...   More
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 Christian Gaston

The Claim Game

Portland becomes the new Ground Zero for Measure 37 claims.

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Before November, Portland seemed a sleepy outpost in the rush of Measure 37 claims that flooded rural and suburban Oregon after voters passed the landmark property-rights measure in 2004.Of the 3,611 ...   More
Wednesday, December 20, 2006 Christian Gaston

Bridge Peddle

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Lair Hill residents will soon decide whether to green-light an elaborate design for a pedestrian bridge or skimp on the span in hopes of saving money to spend on easing traffic woes.Last August, resid ...   More
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Christian Gaston

Pole Position

An up-and-down story of power lines under the tram.

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When PacifiCorp erected two 70-foot black power poles at the intersection of Southwest Gibbs Street and Corbett Avenue in late June, residents were incensed.The skyline of their Lair Hill neighborhood ...   More
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 Christian Gaston

Condo Mania

A dispute over condo decks shows one downside to Portland's fast-growing home-ownership option.

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When Tom Bergstrom paid $460,000 for his Portland riverside condo in July 2005, he expected it to be an urban escape from his home in Ashland.But two days before Thanksgiving last year, Bergstrom and ...   More
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Christian Gaston

Radio Rebels on the March

Local music fans chase an elusive FM license.

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Portland radio fans galled by the city's dull, corporation-cluttered FM dial now have a sliver of hope. As soon as next spring, the Federal Communications Commission plans to accept applications for n ...   More
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 Christian Gaston
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