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Portland Sets Another Bicycle Milestone

A new apartment building will offer 1,200 cyclist parking spots, a North American record.

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Should Portland Save a Building It Really, Really Hates?

Almost no one likes the Michael Graves office building. But it's one of America's most important pieces of postmodern architecture.

What's the Most Surprising Thing You've Learned About Being a Mayor?

On becoming a waste management and parking policy expert.

What Ideas Have You Copied or Borrowed From Other Cities?

Stealing is encouraged among mayors.

What's the Most Frustrating Part of Your Job?

Mayors open up about the stuff that gets them down.

What Do People Tend to Get Wrong About Your City?

Mayors address their worst cultural stereotypes.

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How to Design a Happier City

Charles Montgomery's new book finds the intersection of urban policy and well-being.

Why Has No Sitting Mayor Ever Become President of the United States?

A few have tried, but none have succeeded.

Did That Fire Hydrant Just Check Me Out?

These trippy urban GIFs give new meaning to the phrase "living, breathing city."

Who Runs Your Twitter Feed?

When it comes to social media at the municipal level, not everyone is a Cory Booker.

What's the First Thing You Do When You Arrive at City Hall Each Day?

You asked. Mayors answered.

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This Might Be the Most 'Portland' Thing That's Ever Happened in Portland, Oregon

A resident says sous-chefs are foraging plants from his property. Sob story or masterful troll?

The U.S. Cities Where the Fewest Commuters Get to Work By Car

And where bike commuting has been growing the fastest.

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The Grim Math of the Working-Class Housing Crisis

What happens when skyrocketing rents meet stagnating wages among low-income workers? U.S. cities are finding out.

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When It Comes to Streetcars and Economic Development, There's So Much We Don't Know

Both BRT and streetcars are championed as tools for development. But only one has evidence to back that up.

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Portland Absurdity of the Day: Unicycler Plays Star Wars Theme On Flaming Bagpipes

Keep Portland weird, indeed.

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Seattle's New Streetlights Are 40-Foot-Tall Singing Flowers

The immense plants live under the Space Needle and blast anybody passing underneath with a harmony of voices.

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The Case for $100,000 Speeding Tickets

If you can afford a ritzy car, should you pay more for breaking the law?

This Stop-Motion Film Required 8 Months of Portland Street Art

Hundreds of wheat-pastes tell the weird tale of a man and his magical, pointy stick.