Portland

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Even Hey Arnold's Neighborhood Is Gentrifying Now

Series creator Craig Bartlett explains how he built the cartoon city that every ’90’s kid dreamed of living in.

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How Luxury Housing Becomes Affordable

Build expensive apartments now, and wait a few decades.

Oregon (Yes, Oregon) Just Put a Tax on Bicycles

The $15 fee on new bikes is a strange way for the state to prioritize active transit.

A man elevated by crane works on the roof of a partially deconstructed house.

Tearing Down Homes, Building a Workforce

After Portland banned demolition of its oldest homes, it forged a path for women and people of color to find higher-paying work in the trades.

Portland Deploys Thief-Proof Bike Racks

The city’s bike bandits like attacking racks—but this one fights back.

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Watch the Pacific Northwest Change Before Your Eyes

An award-winning visualization uses satellite imagery to reveal the ravages of development, fire, insects, and clear-cut logging.

Why Is Affordable Housing So Expensive?

Limited city budgets and rising building costs create a recipe for disaster.

Portland Wants to Make Bike Share Work for Disabled Riders

The city is becoming one of a handful to shed the notion that people with disabilities don’t want to ride.

Portland Anarchists Want to Fix Your Street's Potholes

Meet the group devoted to abolishing capitalism, and also making streets super smooth.

Portland's Wintry Salt Dilemma

An unusually severe winter is forcing the city to reconsider its decades-long policy of shunning salt on icy roads.

Portland's New Bike Share Marks Some Early Triumphs

More than a quarter of Biketown’s users say they’ve turned to the service for trips that would otherwise have been taken by car.

Portland's 'Poopmaster 6000' Is the Terminator of Crappy Sidewalks

The Zamboniesque vehicle is waging war on Portland’s infestation of crows.

Three Cities Where Santa Acts Like a Local

Holiday celebrations in Houston, Chicago, and Portland have a distinctly hometown flair.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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