Portland

Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?

ArrivalStar claims it invented live transit alerts. Your apps, taxpayer dollars, and the open data movement are all at stake.

North America's Most Distinctive Theater Marquees

A sampling of some of the most vibrant, colorful signs.

Urbanizing the Suburban Food Chain

How a Portland foodstuff distributor brought his company into the city.

A Bike To Fix Public Transit's Biggest Problem

Gabriel Wartofsky thinks his folding electric bike can be the final cog in a multi-modal transportation network.

Pink Lights, Talking Cameras, and High-Pitched Squeals: The World's Weirdest Anti-Loitering Technologies

Do any of these annoying strategies actually work?

The Death Row of Urban Highways, Part 3

Five highways whose execution gave their cities new life.

Zipcar's Cities of the Future

Zipcar ranks U.S. cities on innovation, sustainability, and creativity.

Portland's Mayoral Race Is Full of Delightful Oddballs

Could Oregon's largest city be helmed by a tree-climbing arsonist, a man who holds proof of God's existence, or the guitar genius behind the tweaker anthem, "Mobile Crank Lab"?

In Defense of Loitering

Cities have tried to ban people from hanging around. This is a big mistake.

Postcard From Portland, Oregon

A lecture on the Portland Zoo's breeding programs just in time for Valentine's Day.

Not Every City Can Be the 'Most Bicycle-Friendly'

A few ideas for less competitive but still worthwhile city superlatives.

Should Building Taller Be Much, Much Easier?

Effective height restrictions may be hurting more of our cities than we realize.

Getting a Handel on Transit Crime

Some public transportation systems are using classical music to deter criminals — but does it work?

Portlander Designs Electric, Boxy Scooter of the Future

For those who love riding around town on what looks like a ridiculously large iPod, there is the BOXX.

Why the Most Environmental Building is the Building We've Already Built

A new report suggests that retrofitting is almost always more energy efficient

Why Portland's Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed

The Portland Loo's defense-first design has freed it from becoming a beaten-down haven for illegal activity

Portland, Ore., Then and Now (1890-2012)

It's easy to see the results of Oregon's urban growth boundary laws in this side-by-side map comparison

The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

A round-up of the strangest city highlights from alternative weeklies around the country

Why I Love My City: Carrie Brownstein on Portland

Musician, writer, and co-creator of Portlandia Carrie Brownstein talks about what makes her city special