Portland Oregon

Low-Income Communities in This City are More at Risk for Disasters

As Portland, Oregon considers ways to mitigate environmental risks for poorer neighborhoods, a simple answer is arising: trees.

How a Highway Widening In This City Could Lead to Congestion Pricing

Residents of the Oregon city known for its resistance to the car are rallying against a proposal to widen the interstate. Instead, some say the solution should be tolls.

A New Call to Scrap Portland’s Unusual Form of Government

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Portlanders Don’t Hesitate to Call 911 About ‘Unwanted’ Persons

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How the Humble Home Water Heater Could Play a Big Role in Energy Storage

A pilot study in the Pacific Northwest shows the promise of “the unexpected battery in your basement.”

How States are Trying to Reduce Suicide Deaths

Nationwide, more than 47,000 Americans died by suicide last year, an increase of almost 5 percent over 2016.

This 106-Year-Old Risk Makes the Case for a Subway in Portland

What will come first? A new river crossing Oregon's largest city needs or a massive earthquake?

Portland Claims 'America's Most Hipster City' Crown

But it's only the second-most hipster city in the world.

Portland Mayor Hits Back at Carson’s Comments on Homelessness in West Coast Cities

Ted Wheeler says that if the HUD secretary thinks government should take a passive role, he “should step aside and allow someone up to the task to lead.”

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.

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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.”

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.