22 Aug

Plastic Straw Ban Isn’t Envi...

By Miranda Bonifield What’s the deal with plastic straws?  Heartbreaking images of sea turtles afflicted by soda straws may be distressing, but well-researched environmentalists know that the best way to save the seas isn’t banning S...

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15 Aug

Missing from Mayor Wheeler&#...

By Rachel Dawson Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. This age-old saying seems to be lost on Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who just announced a $12 million pilot program to fu...

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08 Aug

Metro’s Poorly Thought...

By Justus Armstrong Portland’s Metro Council plans to award grants for its Investment and Innovation program this fall. The program seeks to strengthen the local infrastructure for waste reduction; but with a combination of corporate we...

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31 Jul

23 Million Reasons for Metro...

By Jakob Puckett How much do we have to tax something to make it affordable? You might think that’s counterintuitive, and you’d be right. But that’s exactly what the Portland-area Metro Council is doing with affordable housing through t...

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30 Jul

Private Developers Leading t...

By Rachel Dawson The Metro Council voted June 7 to place a housing bond measure of $652.8 million for only 3,900 units on the ballot this fall. The regional government estimates the cost of new projects will be around $253,000 per home....

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25 Jul

The Smartest Choice Is Schoo...

By Miranda Bonifield What do 29 states and nations from Australia to the Netherlands have in common? School choice. In Belgium, school choice is enshrined as a constitutional right. Pakistan utilizes a voucher program. The result is hig...

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18 Jul

High Costs and Low Ridership...

By Rachel Dawson Decreasing ridership paired with increasing costs makes for a bad business decision for TriMet’s proposed Southwest Corridor plan. The TriMet proposal would add an additional light rail line stretching from downtown Por...

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