Seeking Efficiencies Through Major Upgrades to Portland’s Water Works

While ratepayers wince, a preference for long-term investment may also deliver long-term quality and some tech advantages.

WATCH: This Is What a Megaquake Will Do to an Important Lifeline in Portland

Also in our Weekend State and Local Digest: Maine’s unvaccinated kindergartners; Sacramento seeks out Filipino teachers; and Alabama reverses its ban on margarita pitchers.

Portland’s Ted Wheeler: ‘The Role of Mayor Has Never Been So Important As It Is Right Now’

The new city hall leader exemplifies the passion and dynamism that is stirring in cities and mayors across the nation.

Portland Mayor Calls on Feds to Revoke 'Trump Free Speech Rally' Permit

Mayor Ted Wheeler: “Our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation.”

Video: Parks as Drivers of Social Equity

Cities from Portland, Oregon to Denver are exploring how the even distribution of civic resources can improve opportunities for all residents.

Cities Vying for $50 Million in USDOT Smart City Challenge Make Final Pitches

“It’s really started a wave of innovative thought in transportation,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said of the grant competition.

Portland Seeks to Extend Its Proven Tech and Transit Expertise in Smart City Challenge Bid

While Rose City’s plan leverages technology, “this is really a people project.”

Can Portland Avoid Repeating San Francisco’s Mistakes?

The city is facing a housing crisis, but despite its progressive reputation, it’s done little to ensure affordability for longtime residents.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Names 7 Finalists in ‘Smart City Challenge’ Competition

Anthony Foxx touts an overwhelming response to the federal competition, which will showcase the “outstanding potential to transform the future of urban transportation.”

New Concerns Over Toxic Substances in Portland Prompt State’s Scrutiny

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says current federal and state regulatory programs are “clearly inadequate to assure the public that their health is being protected.”

Some Good News With the Future ‘Really Big One’ and Other Major Quakes

Amid heightened attention on alarming Pacific Northwest disaster scenarios, the White House has been touting the promise of an earthquake early-warning system that's under development. But there's a lot more work to do to prepare.

These Metro Areas Had the Lowest Rental Housing Vacancy Rates at the End of Last Year

Census Bureau data released last Thursday show the proportion of unoccupied rental housing during 2015 in 75 major metro regions in the U.S.

Is the Housing 'State of Emergency' Catching On?

Doing the right thing doesn't always come easy for local governments.

A Pacific Northwest Megaquake Will Test Government Response in Ways Katrina Never Did

When weighing the risks the entire region faces from next Cascadia megathrust earthquake, this future disaster is likely to rival anything the United States has ever faced.

Some Relief for Oregon Neighborhood Facing Onslaught of Government Beetles

But despite die-offs, some of the plant-eating insects are still hanging on. “I found them yesterday on a climbing rose in our backyard,” says one resident.

Portland, Oregon’s First Responders Will Be Marooned by Mega Quake; Watch Out for ‘Wayward Cherries’

Also: Wilmington’s less-than-effective crime cameras and New Mexico is content to not be Mississippi.

Company With Tesla Taxis Plans To Compete Against Lyft, Uber in Portland, Oregon

EcoCab's fleet will consist of all-electric vehicles. Meanwhile, app-based services captured about 43 percent of for-hire rides in the city during May.