Portland

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Portland's Answer to Climate Denial? Local Action

Mayor Charlie Hales talks to CityLab about regulating fossil fuels at the local level and organizing cities to take meaningful climate action on their own.

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Portland Says Goodbye to Its Last Old-School Parking Meter

Dating from the 1930s when parking cost a nickel an hour, the city’s single-space meters are now a thing of the past.

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Oregon Police Destroy Huge Stash of Weed Found in Porta-Potty

“It is now green mulch,” say the cops.

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A Major Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest Just Got More Likely

There is a 17 to 20 percent chance that northern Oregon will be hit by a magnitude-8 quake in the next 50 years.

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Why Portland, of All Places, Came Late to Bike-Share

The famously bicycle-friendly city says its “smart-bike” program, Biketown, was worth the wait.

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To Promote Traffic Safety, Oregon Brings in... Bigfoot?

Because when you think about pedestrian right-of-way, you think “Sasquatch.”

Oregon Historical Society

The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America

It’s known as a modern-day hub of progressivism, but its past is one of exclusion.  

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Drought-Struck California Finally Looks Due for an Epic Soaking

El Niño could roar back to life in March, potentially dropping more than 100 inches of snow on the mountains.

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An Oregon Mountain Casts an Upside-Down Shadow in the Sky

Locals describe the scene at Mount Hood as “stunning” and “Monet-like.”

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Are Retail Stores the New Community Centers?

Why so many boutiques are serving up their wares with a side of coffee.

AP Photo/Molly Riley

What Do Drivers Really Think About Cyclists?

Not much, according to a new survey.

Nike

Portland's Ambitious New Bike-Share Will Be Sponsored by Nike

“Biketown” will reportedly be the largest “smart” sharing system in North America.

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The 4 Types of Cyclists You'll Meet on U.S. City Streets

Most metro area residents are “interested but concerned”—a finding that can help guide urban planners.

Human Access Project

Convincing Portland to Swim in the Willamette River

Long associated with sewage, Oregon’s Willamette has finally been declared safe for recreation. One activist wants residents to test the waters.

AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato

Bike Commuting: Still on the Rise

New numbers from the League of American Bicyclists show that if you build the lanes, cyclists will come.

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Portland Ranks First Among Major U.S. Cities for Biking to Work

The city’s rate of cycle commuting is the highest it’s ever been.

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Portland’s New Car-Free Bridge Is a Symbol of U.S. Mobility Goals

Tilikum Crossing allows walkers, cyclists, and transit riders—but not drivers.

NOAA

The Raging Future of American Wildfires

The risk of major blazes could increase 600 percent by mid-century, say scientists.