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This land is your land ... The efforts to make Portland's brownfields viable

They’re everywhere, but often go unnoticed — the empty lots and vacant buildings that dot many of Portland’s thoroughfares and neighborhoods. Overgrown with innumerable weeds or concealed by a layer of asphalt, they hardly catch the eye. But in a city that projects a population growth of 200,000 people over the next 20 years, the potential for development on brownfields will play a vital role in the future of neighborhoods around them.

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Safe to swim? What the experts have to say about the risks of taking a dip in the Willamette River

Since the completion of the Big Pipe project in 2011, which stopped Portland’s sewage from spilling into the Willamette River during rainstorms, there’s been a movement led by Human Access Project to change the public’s perception about swimming in the river. Events promoted by the nonprofit, like the annual Big Float and the opening of Poet’s Beach in downtown Portland, are intended to encourage the public to swim and play in the often-snubbed waterway.

Current issue on the streets

Most wanted: Police accountability

The tragedy of the Michael Brown killing is rocking the nation. It should.

For anyone living in an urban environment, especially people of color and the poor — the events of Michael Brown and the community response is not surprising.

Safe to swim? What the experts have to say about the risks of taking a dip in the Willamette River

Since the completion of the Big Pipe project in 2011, which stopped Portland’s sewage from spilling into the Willamette River during rainstorms, there’s been a movement led by Human Access Project to change the public’s perception about swimming in the river. Events promoted by the nonprofit, like the annual Big Float and the opening of Poet’s Beach in downtown Portland, are intended to encourage the public to swim and play in the often-snubbed waterway.

This land is your land ... The efforts to make Portland's brownfields viable

They’re everywhere, but often go unnoticed — the empty lots and vacant buildings that dot many of Portland’s thoroughfares and neighborhoods. Overgrown with innumerable weeds or concealed by a layer of asphalt, they hardly catch the eye. But in a city that projects a population growth of 200,000 people over the next 20 years, the potential for development on brownfields will play a vital role in the future of neighborhoods around them.

They’re baack! Cult filmmaker, Silent Bob, Kevin Smith on his latest project

“Who knew, dude?” exclaims director Kevin Smith, as he talks about the small cameo role he gave himself in his 1994 debut feature “Clerks.” “I had no idea I was punching my ticket for the next 20 years.” Silent Bob, the mute character he is most recognisable for, has gone on to become one half of View Askewniverse, the fictional universe created and used in most of his films since.

“People call out at me in the street: ‘Silent Bob!’ That was a happy little accident where I just thought, if we’re going to do this, I at least want to be in the thing.”

For the Record: Aug 15-28, 2014

-Number of farmers markets in the Oregon Famers Market Association: 160

-Estimated annual amount farmers markets contribute to Oregon’s farm product sales: $50 million

-The year the Oregon Farmers Markets Association was established: 1987

-Oregon’s ranking in 2014 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index: 4

-Number of years Portland Saturday Market has been operating: 41

-Estimated amount of gross sales generated annually by Portland Saturday Market: $8 million

August Archives

Jackie Kashian of "The Dork Forest” talks about her addiction to standup

Drivers’ card debate revs up for fall ballot

Portland-based film "American Winter" gets Emmy nod

All fall down: Is the United States the next Third World?

A reminder of the connections as necessary as housing

Let’s give people something to believe in

Interrupting Isolation

The otherworldly and utterly Portland Ursula K. Le Guin

Metro renews focus on creating affordable housing

Getting back in stride, pen in hand

Let’s focus on solutions to tackle housing challenges

Bust to boon: City Hall sees green in legalized marijuana

The feds are redefining homelessness to make it disappear

From strong women come strong families, strong Oregon

Blame it on Rio: Journalist Dave Zirin on the consequences of “celebration capitalism”

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