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Poll Shows City Looking at $12-a-Home Street Fee to Fund Transportation Bureau

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Do you want to pay $12 a month for a new city “street maintenance and safety” fee?

That’s the question being put to voters in a telephone survey paid for by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

And the phone survey—first reported by    More
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Strike By City Workers Averted with Tentative Contract Deal

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The City of Portland has reached a tentative contract deal with 1,600 city workers—again.

The deal for a four-year contract comes three days before the workers—ranging from parking enforcement officers to the street-maintenance crews who plow the roads after snowstorms—were authorized to go on strike.

The agreement (PDF    More
 
Friday, March 28, 2014 by AARON MESH

Cincinnati Learns Pros and Cons of the Streetcar Charlie Hales Sold It

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Wednesday's edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer included a rather striking guest editorial: a city official recounting Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' advice about installing a streetcar system.

The    More
 
Thursday, March 27, 2014 by AARON MESH

Airbnb Cuts Deal with Portland to Collect 11.5% Lodging Tax on Short-Term Rentals

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Ever since Mayor Charlie Hales announced earlier this month the arrival of Airbnb operational headquarters in Portland, it's been clear the city is    More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland's Alta Bike Share Faces Mounting Criticism for "Disengaged" Handling of NYC's Program

UPDATE: Novick says he wants to talk to New York officials

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Last summer, the future looked balmy for Portland company Alta Bicycle Share.The launch of its New York City system, Citi Bikes, was met with national acclaim—even the naysayers were    More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

The Click Factory

With quotas and incentive pay for reporters, The Oregonian is again changing its readers’ experience.


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The future of The Oregonian is filled with questions.  Do you believe Portland is America’s fittest city? Should dogs be allowed in grocery stores? Would you accept a donated organ from a   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON MESH

Most Portland Housing Bureau Loans Won't Be Repaid, Audit Warns

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Less than 15 percent of the $357 million in outstanding Portland Housing Bureau loans is expected to be repaid, a new city audit reveals.

City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade criticizes the bureau for not being transparent in reporting the loans it mak...   More
 
Monday, March 24, 2014 by AARON MESH

With Quotas and Incentive Pay, The Oregonian is Again Reshaping Its Experience for Readers

UPDATE: "This one is a doozy," writes David Carr.

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Close readers of The Oregonian have borne witness to dramatic changes in the past several months. In October, the newspaper became a “digital first” media company, with news stories posted first to its website, Oregonlive.com, then dropped into a print edition that was reduced to home delivery four...   More
 
Sunday, March 23, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Water District Campaign Releases Highlight Reel of City Spending

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Call it the "One Shining Moment" of water and sewer spending videos.

Portlanders for Water Reform, the campaign backing a May ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland's utilities from City Hall, has released a highlight reel of spending hikes and dubious projects.

“This video...   More
 
Thursday, March 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Aerial Tram Getting Too Crowded, Planners Say

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Seven years after its $57 million construction, the Portland Aerial Tram faces a perhaps enviable problem: It's too crowded at rush hour to be included in future transit planning.

"It's near capacity during rush hour right now," says Malu Wilkinson, principal regional planner for Metro. "So adding more people that need to use that tram would be a challenge."

The ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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