Turning Urban Infrastructure Into Art – Five projects that explore the intersection of design, engineering, and ecology.
In the Shadow of ‘Old Smokey,’ a Toxic Legacy – Years after a trash incinerator stopped operating in the West Grove neighborhood, its legacy might be more ominous than soiled laundry: contaminants like arsenic remain in the soil.
Philadelphia Raises Stakes With Plan to Reverse Blight – With an estimated 40,000 abandoned buildings, Philadelphia wants to consolidate its inventory of distressed real estate by creating a “land bank” to make purchase more attractive to buyers.
Open-Government Laws Fuel Profits – Hedge funds and other investors are using FOIA requests to obtain nonpublic information from the FDA and other agencies.
Can Mayors Really Save the World? Untangling the theory that local ideas can fix global problems.
How D.C. Became America’s Second Most Important Theater Town – The city’s largest theaters are thriving. But does success come at a cost?
HEMET: City manager pick praised for experience – The Hemet City Council will be asked to hire former San Bernardino County and San Diego executive Wally Hill as the city manager when it meets Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Watch a Houston Department Store Explode in Glorious Slow-Motion – This Sunday’s demolition looked like a massive doughnut hole forming in the middle of a department store.
Tampa Bay’s ‘explosion’ of Hispanic immigrants brings changes – People who identify themselves as Hispanic now account for about 16 percent of the overall population in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis of U.S. Census Bureau numbers.
Keep ex-city manager from suing the city he defrauded: Opinion – Bruce Malkenhorst is the retired city manager of Vernon who is suing the city to regain the portion of his once-outrageous pension that CalPERS slashed after he was convicted of misappropriating public funds.
Outsiders test 2016 waters by throwing cash into Va. race – Wealthy donors and advocacy groups are flooding the gubernatorial race with unprecedented levels of spending.
Candidates in Boston Struggle to Stand Out on Eve of Mayoral Vote – This is the first open mayor’s race in a generation, and no fewer than a dozen candidates are running; the top two finishers on Tuesday will face each other on Nov.
Don’t Fear the Squeegee Man – In New York’s mayoral race, doomsaying is all the rage.
Possible Mayor Now, But Then a Young Leftist – Bill de Blasio, who is vying to become New York’s next mayor, once admired a socialist party in Nicaragua that helped shape his view that government should help the poor.
The Social Network
YOUTUBE IS WINNING AN EMMY, BUT VIDEO RECOMMENDATION STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO – WORLDWIDE SENSATION PSY CAN PROBABLY THANK YOUTUBE’S VIDEO PERSONALIZATION SYSTEM FOR HELPING ACCELERATE HIS FAME. BUT VIDEO RECOMMENDATION ENGINES ARE FAR FROM PERFECT.
YES, THE NEW IPHONES ARE A HUGE SUCCESS: 9 MILLION SOLD – APPLE’S NEW IPHONES HAVE BLOWN PAST PREVIOUS SALES RECORDS.
Emmys tune up 17,000 tweets per minute – Carrie Underwood’s performance of Yesterday triggered 17,090 tweets per minute, while the Emmy awarded to “Breaking Bad” for Best Drama got the highest number at 62,150 tweets.
Top 10 Bike Commuting Tips for Portland Professionals – I’m intent on biking everyday in September. In fact, my colleague David Backes and I are competing to see who can get the highest percentage of commutes. The loser treats the winner to lunch at Grassa.
THE MANY REASONS YOU CAN’T GET OUT OF BED – WAKING UP IS HARD TO DO. WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE IT EASIER?
WHY YOU SHOULD SPEND YOUR MORNINGS IN A CAVE – PEOPLE ARE MOST CREATIVE WHEN THEY WORK WITHOUT DISTRACTION. BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE TEAM? WELCOME TO THE CAVE-DWELLING FUTURE OF COLLABORATION.
Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You – An investigation by New York regulators resulted in a crackdown on deceptive reviews on the Internet.
Port of Portland’s clear-cut billboard brouhaha – You can hand out religious material at Portland International Airport. You can even distribute propaganda accusing the U.S. government of engineering the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But try to buy a billboard ad saying, “Welcome to Oregon: Home of the Clearcut,” as an environmental group did in early August, and you’re out of luck.
Entrepreneur Rick Miller restores Lake Oswego’s Jantzen estate to its glory days – Eight decades after swimwear magnate Carl Jantzen built a storybook mansion on the only island in Oswego Lake, a 21st-century entrepreneur is breathing fresh life into the landmark estate.
TriMet looks at service improvements, cleaner buses – The TriMet Board of Directors will consider increasing the frequency of bus service on the agency’s most heavily-used lines this week.
Boger says he’s not stepping down – He also has no interest in being Washougal’s mayor
City of Tacoma to tell workers what they can wear – Tacoma officials are drafting City Hall’s version of “What Not to Wear,” which could debut next year.
Cost of Monmouth police bond swells – The new Monmouth Police Department facility will cost taxpayers a little more than originally expected when the city’s bond sale closes Thursday.
Census: Seattle among five cities where majority do not drive alone to work – In 2012, for the first time in decades, most Seattleites did not drive alone to work.
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Minneapolis offers record mayoral field – You want choices for mayor, Minneapolis? You’ve got ’em. Voters will encounter a record 35 candidates when they go to the polls next month, and it’s a big tent politically.
Attaching bicycle-pedestrian structure to Blanchette Bridge considered – The nearby cities of St. Charles, Bridgeton and Maryland Heights expect to team up with a regional parks agency and state transportation officials to pay for a $233,900 engineering analysis of the idea.
Detroit Is Now a Charity Case for Carmakers – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are investing heavily in plants from Mexico to China. Yet their operations in Detroit remains a fraction of what they were a half-century ago.