Public Land

With an Expanded National Monument, Oregon's Debate over Public Lands Continues

A late-breaking executive order from President Obama nearly doubles Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Could the 45th President roll that back?

01/13/2017 By Elise Herron

Hotel Watch 2017

Suite Year? Checking In on Portland's New Hotel Boom

Here's a refresher course on hospitality industry groundbreakings, from downtown's Hi-Lo to the Pearl District's new Hilton to a Hood River cousin of the Jupiter Hotel.

01/13/2017 By Lauren Kershner and Ramona DeNies

Portland Politics

What to Do On (and Around) Inauguration Day

From marches and rallies to art workshops and comedy shows, here are 15 inauguration-related happenings to light your political fire as a new president takes office.

01/10/2017 By Lauren Kershner

Protest Cookies

Female Bakers Unleash "Cookie Grab 2017" to Raise Money for Planned Parenthood

Proceeds from the kick-ass cookie boxes, loaded with goods from 21 lady-operated Portland spots, will be delivered to Planned Parenthood on the day of Trump's inauguration.

01/06/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Mental Health

Two New Portland Murals Fight Depression Stigma

Local muralists Rather Severe and Blaine Fontana teamed up with Kaiser Permanente to foster mental illness awareness through public art.

01/05/2017 By Molly Woodstock

Body Talk

Are Oregon’s New Birth Control Laws Actually Helping Anyone?

Two pioneering bills were intended to make contraceptive access easier than ever. One year later, not much has changed.

01/04/2017 By Molly Woodstock

Longreads

Portland Monthly's Top Longreads of 2016

A trailblazing AIDS researcher. The future of weed. A hidden gorge. The illegal wildlife trade. A radical theory about Portland's origin story. Here are 12 of our best in-depth stories from the past year.

12/22/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Development

Major Architecture Firm Erects Old Town's First New Building in a Decade

After more than three decades transforming the city's skyline, Ankrom Moisan escapes from John's Landing.

12/20/2016 By Marty Patail

Ahhhhh...

25 Ways to Relax, Refresh, and Stay Sane

Hot soup, strong drinks, good books, and cheap massages to get you through the dark times.

12/20/2016 Edited by Zach Dundas

True Crime

Sandy. Burnside. Two Streets at the Heart of Portland’s East Side—and Three Grisly Murders That Reveal Their History

From Native American trail to car mall, the Burnside-Sandy axis has seen a crime-stained past.

12/20/2016 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

A Very Clear-Headed, Not-at-All-Cranky Appraisal of TriMet

See where this takes you.

12/20/2016 By Marty Patail

Winter Relaxation: Marijuana

Best Weed Strains for Winter Bliss

A Portland budtender shares three top picks.

12/20/2016 By Marty Patail

Winter Relaxation: Survival Guide

13 Secrets of Winter Relaxation Every Portlander Must Know

From cheap massages to board games to cuddly kitties, here’s how to survive the season.

12/20/2016 By Eden Dawn, Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Molly Woodstock, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

Winter Relaxation: Floating World

Welcome to Portland’s Flashiest New Spa

Knot Springs boasts soaking pools, panoramic views, and Pendleton towels.

12/20/2016 By Zach Dundas

Long Story Short

The Country's Most Illustrious Squash Player Lives in Portland

After a decade on the pro tour, Julian Illingworth is now a coach at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

12/20/2016 By Stephen Phillips

Fromage Future

Tillamook Cheese to Get a Flashy New Factory

Stronger with cheddar.

12/20/2016 By Arlo Voorhees

Explainer

What You Need to Know about Portland’s New Police Contract

From body cameras to the 48-hour rule, we break it down.

12/20/2016 By Webb Wright

Politics

Mayor Ted Wheeler Leads Portland Into an Uncertain World

Meet the other new boss.

12/20/2016 By Zach Dundas

Architecture

Are These Really Portland's Greatest New Buildings?

AIA Portland picks the architectural jewels of 2016.

12/15/2016 By Ko Ricker

Winter Relaxation: Snow Day

Everything You Need for Portland Snowpocalypse

Sleds to s’mores supplies to snow pants, here’s how to stock up for when the city shuts down.

12/13/2016 By Kelly Clarke