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Universal Design Principle Advances Equity For All

By Nancy Tannler The 7 Principles of Universal Design were first developed in 1997 by the late Ronald Mace of North Carolina State University, and a group of architects, product …

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SE Café Owner Overcomes Coffee Industry Barriers

By James Hill, Portland Community College The fair trade coffee industry isn’t always fair to small farmers like Hector Mejía Zamora and his family. The owner of SE Portland’s Café Zamora …

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Representatively Speaking January 2022

By State Representative Rob Nosse As you have hopefully heard, we held a special session of the Legislature in December to allocate additional rental assistance and deal with other pressing budget …

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Family Promise of Metro East to Open Family Shelters in March 2022

By Ellen Spitaleri Currently the lack of affordable housing and the homeless situation are two challenging issues in Portland.  “We’re all concerned and not sure how to help,” said Beckie …

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Backyard Science & Discovery Workbook: Pacific Northwest

By Kris McDowell Summer may be winding down and school may be starting, but there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest to get kids …

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SE Cafés Gradually Reopen

By Gabe Frayne For many Portlanders, the closing or near-closing of the city’s numerous coffeehouses stands out as the most visible impact on the city’s community life brought about by …

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CSAs Support Local Farmers

By Holly Hutchason, Executive Director, Pacific NW CSA Coalition Did you know there are small farms all around the Portland area selling shares of their harvest to residents as a subscription?  …

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Portland Statue History Through the Sculptors

By Daniel Perez-Crouse For many, the television show Portlandia primarily conjures images of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein impersonating Pacific NW stereotypes in skits, even for citizens who walk by …

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The Groundhopper Guide to Soccer in England

By Jack Rubinger The Groundhopper Guide to Soccer in England is a 380-page travel and cultural guide to all things football in the UK, completely updated for the 2020-21 season. …

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Modern Middle Housing Virtual Tour

By David Krogh In June the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Portland (HBA), Metro and the Build Small Coalition hosted a virtual tour of modern middle housing project examples intended to …

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Improvement Grants Awarded to Nonprofits

By Nancy Tannler In February of 2019 Portland City Council approved the Enhanced Services District (aka business improvement district), in the Central Eastside; a geographic area from the Willamette River …

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Rising from the Ashes: Montavilla’s Main Drag Gets Creative

By Megan McMorris When I last saw Daniel and Elise Gold in February of this year, we were sitting at Montavilla Brew Works (SE 76th and Stark) as they told …

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Rocket Empire Machine Readies for Launch

By Kris McDowell These days we are seeing change in many areas of life and in many areas of our city. One area that may have flown under your radar …

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