The Oregonian's State Politics Desk Loses Another Reporter


The Oregonian has lost another state politics reporter. Yuxing Zheng is leaving the paper to work as a spokeswoman for Metro.Zheng, 29, covered the state legislature and Gov. John Kitzhaber's office. Metro, the regional planning agency, internally announced Zheng's hiring this morning as "the new content and storytelling guru for Metro’s parks, trails and natural areas work."The departure of Zheng ...   More
Monday, August 4, 2014 AARON MESH

12 Mammals That Matter To the Oregon Zoo

It’s a beastly time at the state’s most popular tourist attraction. These political animals will determine its future.

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To lose an orangutan was a setback. But to lose the orangutan, a zoo director, the chief veterinarian and the support of keepers—that’s a sign of serious trouble at the Oregon Zoo. Kutai,    More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Metro Files Legal Action in Attempt to Move Hotel Project Forward


Metro President Tom Hughes today took an aggressive step to move forward with development of a $200 million Hyatt Hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center. The three government agencies involved in the project—the City of Portland, Multnomah County and Metro—all approved it last year. But opponents, led by downtown hotelier Gordon Sondland, have attempted to block the deal—first at the ...   More
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Aerial Tram Getting Too Crowded, Planners Say


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 conundrum, first reported by Nick Christensen ...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 AARON MESH

David Bragdon: Oregon Can Learn from NYC's Accountability on Planning


Former Metro Council President David Bragdon was never shy about voicing his frustration with Oregon's endless planning gridlock. As chief of the Portland area's regional planning agency, Bragdon chafed at what he called the "paralysis by analysis" of Oregon's public process.He went from here to a gig in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration (he was director of long-term planning, ...   More
Friday, January 31, 2014 AARON MESH

Busting the Boundary

Lawmakers look at the unprecedented step of voting on local land-use decisions.

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Metro runs the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Convention Center and directs solid waste disposal in the tri-county area.  But in February, fed-up lawmakers will threaten the regional government’s p   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Says Headquarters Hotel Deal Slipping Again

Oregon Convention Center

The decades-in-discussion Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel is sliding into the future, Metro  says in an internal report."Negotiations between Metro and a developer proposing to build a hotel near the Oregon Convention Center are likely to carry into 2014, pushing back the project's timeline by a few months," Metro's in-house news editor Nick Christensen writes. All three branches of ...   More
Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss

Circular Logic

Metro’s $1.4 million study yields another committee.

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When Tom Hughes took over as Metro president three years ago, he promised to put the regional government to work creating jobs for the Portland area. To be sure, Hughes has pushed major constr   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 BENJAMIN RICKER

Dr. Know: Metro Contextual

What the heck does Metro do anyway?

Dr. Know
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

Charlie Hales Says He's "Leaning Toward Supporting" Convention Center Hotel

Multnomah County has three votes, placing onus on City Hall


Metro's proposed $198 million Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel now hinges on the approval of Portland City Council—and Mayor Charlie Hales tells WW he's "leaning toward supporting it."Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith told Metro reporter Nick Christensen last night that the county board has three votes to pass the Hyatt hotel plan. If she's correct, that means two of three regional ...   More
Thursday, September 12, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh


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