The Takeaway

DOJ Accuses Ferguson Police of Racial Bias

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Justice Department has formally accused the police of Ferguson, Missouri of racial bias this week. What can Ferguson learn from other cities previously monitored by the DOJ?

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The Takeaway

Portlanders Struggle to Say Goodbye to Airport Carpet

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Portlanders are bidding a fond farewell to the carpet at the Portland Airport. Yes, the carpet. 

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99% Invisible

140- Vexillonaire

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Vexillologists—those who study flags—tend to fall into one of two schools of thought. The first is one that focuses on history, category, and usage, and maintains that vexillologists should be scholars and historians of all flags,


Transportation Nation

Study: Portland's 'Blue Line' Attracts Most Investment Of U.S. Transit Projects

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


The Blue Line — TriMet’s light rail route from Gresham to Hillsboro  — attracted the biggest real estate investments of any surface transit system in the country, according to a new study. But the study also finds that rapid bus lines can garner similar returns -- and cost far less than light rail.

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Wooden Indian Burial Ground: Lip-Curling Psych Rock, In The Studio

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hear the blissfully noisy Portland psychedelic rock band Wooden Indian Burial Ground perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Takeaway

Navigating Portland's Food Culture with Nine-Year-Olds

Friday, April 12, 2013

We’re in Portland this week, and there’s a lot to love in this town when it comes to food: food trucks, farmers markets, artisanal cheese, artisanal everything. It's hard to know where to begin. After all, who's a food snob, and who's a food lover? Enter Leo and Soren Westrey, the nine-year-old food bloggers behind

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Transportation Nation

Bike Share Coming to Portland -- When Alta Finds a Sponsor

Friday, December 14, 2012

(photo by gregraisman via flickr)

(Rob Manning -- Portland, OR, OPB) Portland's city council approved bike share -- but funding it is largely the responsibility of hometown operator Alta.

The one-year projected cost to set up and run the 750-bike, 75 station bike share program is $6.5 million dollars. Of that, $1.8 million is federal money awarded through the city.

Filling that gap – and finding sponsorship revenue into the future – is up to the contractor, Alta Bicycle Share.

The company’s head, Mia Birk, says that’s like the contract her company has with New York City, but it’s different from agreements with other cities.

Birk says she is excited to start bike-sharing in her hometown of Portland. "But it is a big responsibility on us, and that’s going to be a challenge. Portland is not the same as New York City, does not have the deep-pocket companies and the media value that New York has with the density of population and activities. So I see it as a challenge – I like challenges, I’m excited about it – but I’m also cautious."

To read the whole story, head over to OPB.

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The Takeaway

First Non-Profit Brewpub Opens in Portland

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A handful of do-gooders are opening the first non-profit brewpub in the brewpub capital of the world, Portland. Staffed entirely by volunteers, The Oregon Public House expects to donate up to $10,000 each month to local charities and community organizations.

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M. Ward: In Studio

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

In recent years, M. Ward has come to be known as a masterful collaborator and producer. The Portland-based singer and songwriter teamed up with Zooey Deschanel for the project She & Him… and with Conor Oberst and Jim James for the guitar-wielding supergroup Monsters of Folk. But all along, he’s built a quiet arsenal of solo recordings. The latest is called “A Wasteland Companion.” We’ll learn more when M. Ward performs live.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Transpo Contractors Investigated Over Minority Hires, DC Metro Shakeup Coming, and Monetizing Old Car Batteries

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Arrive early and bring your patience: It's the biggest travel day of the year!

And it's snowing in the cities of Transportation Nation partners Minnesota Public Radio (Minneapolis) and Yellowstone Public Radio (Billings.) Could start snowing soon at WDET (Detroit).

In other news...

Did two of New York's largest construction companies finesse minority hiring requirements in order to win contracts? Federal authorities are investigating Schiavone and the U.S. unit of Swedish construction company Skanska AB. Skanska is working on a number of transit projects, including the Brooklyn Bridge rehabilitation, the 2nd Avenue Subway, and the PATH terminal at the World Trade Center site. (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Daily News)

DC Metro shakeup in the works? The governors of Maryland and Virginia and the incoming D.C. mayor directed their top transportation officials to come up with a detailed plan for carrying out broad changes in how Metro is run. (Washington Post)

After your Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt dies, what will happen to its lithium-ion battery?  Automakers are trying to find ways to monetize old batteries. (Wired)

Riders at NYC's Union Square subway station might wonder: does this train go to Hogwarts? (New York Daily News).

The number of bicyclists in Portland continues to rise--8% increase over 2009. 190% increase (yes, 190%) since 2000. (KPTV)

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Transportation Nation

Moving Stories

Monday, August 30, 2010

Portland streetcar success has fueled interest elsewhere (USA Today)

Union members face potential buyer of GM plant set to be closed in Indiana (Indianapolis Star)

Baltimore Gas & Electric to create smart grid (and 250 jobs) (WAMU News)

Texas celebrates decision said to increase local control over transportation policy (KCBD)

Long Island Rail Road finally running on schedule, after a week of signal problems (NY Daily News)

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Transportation Nation

Portland Metro Council President to Join NYC Government

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) It's become de rigeur for major cities to have a sustainability plan -- but one of the largest and most comprehensive has been New York's PlaNYC. The plan has been a driving impetus for New York's bike lane expansion, its conversion of schoolyards to playgrounds, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg's support for converting the Great White Way to a pedestrian plaza.

Now, after importing the former Republican Mayor of Indiana, Stephen Goldsmith, to be Deputy Mayor of Operations (in charge of Transportation, Parks, Environmental Protection, and other departments) , New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is tapping David Bragdon, former President of the Portland, Oregon Metro Council, that greenest of green cities, to run the New Ycrk City Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability.

Comments, Portland residents?

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Studio 360

Stuff at Work

Saturday, January 08, 2005

A towering curve of yellow interoffice envelopes sits in the lobby of a Portland office building. It’s the work of visual artist Larissa Brown. After this office worker took a sculpture class, she became inspired to make art pieces from the supplies at work — shipping tags, staplers, ...