News & City Life

Portland Parks

Spending a Lazy Day at the Park? Here’s What to Bring

Elevate your visit to a Portland-area park with the perfect picnic blanket, camp chair, sun hat, and more!

05/27/2022 By Shannon Daehnke Photography by Michael Novak

Portland Parks

Where Parks Are More Than Just Playgrounds and Ballfields

A Q&A with Jon Blasher of the Portland-area regional government Metro, on balancing the urgency of access to nature for all with habitat preservation

05/27/2022 By Julia Silverman

Portland Parks

Parks We Love in Portland’s Suburbs, from West Linn to Washougal

Venture beyond city limits for more great greenspaces in West Linn, Tualatin, Gresham, and Washougal.

05/27/2022 By Michelle Harris

Recreation

It’s Will-AM-it, Dammit! Running the Numbers on the Willamette River

Dive in at Poet's Beach, kayak at Sellwood Riverfront Park, or just worry about Portland Harbor pollutants—there’s a lot to do in the Willamette.

05/27/2022 By Michelle Harris

Business

A New Generation of Footwear Start-Ups Takes their Shot in Portland

Many of the Rose City-based brands have founders with roots at Nike, Adidas and Columbia—like Velous, which is making recovery sandals

05/26/2022 By Julia Silverman

Tourism

Rose City Rebrand: Translating the Story of a City at a Crossroads to Tourists

Influencers, New York Times ads, and some carefully chosen (and controversial) versions of the city and its people–and why that matters for the rest of us.

05/24/2022 By Julia Silverman

Public Transit

On the Hunt for New Drivers, TriMet Dangles a $7,500 Hiring Bonus

A job fair this week produced conditional, on-the-spot job offers for 100 people, as the Portland transit agency tries to stem service disruptions.

05/18/2022 By Julia Silverman

Festival

The Rose Festival Is Back in Portland, in Person, for 2022

The numbers behind the 115-year-old city festival, featuring parades, clowns, Rose Festival Queen drama, and the occasional Oregon Zoo elephant

05/18/2022 By Julia Silverman

Elections

3 Key Takeaways from an Unpredictable Primary Election Night in Oregon

Money isn't everything, incumbents hang on, and Oregon's year of the woman shapes up with Kotek, Drazan, McLeod-Skinner, and Chavez-DeRemer leading their races.

05/17/2022 By Julia Silverman

Analysis

5 Juicy Subplots to Watch for on Election Night in Portland

Oregon's primary elections are Tuesday, May 17. From the money to the female candidates hoping to dominate, here's what you need to know.

05/13/2022 By Julia Silverman

Long Story Short

This Portland Quilter Has Become a TikTok Sensation

Chris Marchini’s modern quilts and bright persona have made him a hit with online crafters.

05/13/2022 By Fiona McCann

Health

Oregon’s Menstrual Dignity Act Hits the Right-Wing Outrage Machine

Advocates for the bill, which puts tampons and other period supplies in school bathrooms, say its critics have completely missed the point—it’s about equity.

05/10/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Baseball

Gaming Out the Brine Lives of Baseball Mascot Dillon T. Pickle

Dillon T. Pickle is a kidnapping victim, a film star, a failed presidential candidate, and a Twitter provocateur.

05/10/2022 By Dalila Brent

Portlands Best Parks

34 Reasons to Love Portland’s Parks

We crafted a list of parks in Portland to visit if you want to fly a kite, catch some views, spread out a picnic, ride a mountain bike and more!

05/06/2022 With Julia Silverman, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler Illustrations by Anna Rogers

New Normal

Portland's Libraries Are Open Again, But in Person Events Are Slower to Return

At the Multnomah County library, non-virtual programming for ages 0-6 is not likely to resume before fall of 2022.

05/05/2022 By Julia Silverman

Tourism

For Portland's Tourism Industry, Things Are Looking Up—But There's Still A Long Way To Go

At Travel Portland's 'State of the Industry' presentation, data shows that 2021 was better than 2020, but the downtown core remains a sore spot.

05/03/2022 By Julia Silverman

Outdoors

91 Minutes to the Top of Mount Hood and Back Down Again

26-year-old ski mountaineer Jack Kuenzle made it to the top of Mount Hood and back down again in 91 minutes.

04/28/2022 By Julia Silverman

Soccer

Thorns and Timbers Took the Field Together in Ukraine-UNICEF Fundraiser

The at-times bizarre soccer game in a packed Providence Park raised $435,000 and counting.

04/28/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Elections

We Read the Voters' Pamphlet so You Don't Have to

Just kidding! You should read it too, but here are some highlights

04/26/2022 By Julia Silverman

Fun!

Cocktails, Alpacas, and Cherry Blossom Photo Ops Await at the Portland Night Market This Weekend

The event in the Central Eastside Industrial District has free admission, and there will be around 150 vendors.

04/22/2022 By Shannon Daehnke