'Tude with Our China

Wine Snobs, Moody Bastards, and Game Hens: Inside the Vat and Tonsure

From 1978 to 1997, this idiosyncratic downtown boîte was the epicenter of Portland culture.

08/15/2016 By Karen Brooks

Dispatch

Should Portland Save the Memorial Coliseum?

A small group of preservationists want to rescue the 55-year-old gray box from demolition.

08/15/2016 By Lisa Dunn

WHAT WE ATE

Portland’s Restaurant History: The People, Places, and Plates That Set Our City’s Epic Table

How did we conquer the food world? We chronicle more than a century of Portland dining.

08/15/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke

RECIPES

Eight Classic Portland Recipes, 1932 to Now

From Henry Thiele’s German pancakes to Lucy Brennan’s avocado daiquiri, here’s how to eat (and drink) your way through Portland history.

08/15/2016 By Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Karen Brooks

SOUL SCENE

Revisiting the Mid-Century Jazz Clubs and Soul Food Kitchens of Portland’s Albina Neighborhood

Before it became a chic bike thoroughfare, N Williams was a compact universe of black-owned businesses.

08/15/2016 By Kelly Clarke

TOP CHEF

The (James) Beard Supremacy: Five Portland Chefs Who Slay

Cory Schreiber, Philippe Boulot, Cathy Whims, Greg Higgins, and Vitaly Paley embody the mission of Oregon’s original locavore.

08/15/2016 By Karen Brooks

THE TABLE SETTER

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, This Prolific Portland Restaurateur Redefined “Fine Dining”

Michael Vidor—the man behind L’Auberge, Genoa, and Tanuki—replaced stodge with bohemian, come-as-you-are excellence.

08/15/2016 By Karen Brooks

HAIL CAESAR

How Zefiro Changed Everything for Portland’s Food Scene

In the ‘90s, the most mythical of Portland restaurants ruled over NW 21st and Glisan.

08/15/2016 By Karen Brooks

CHANGE AGENTS

In 2002, Two Crazy Kids Basically Invented the Modern Portland Restaurant

Michael Hebb and Naomi Pomeroy redefined the city’s old-world restaurant order.

08/15/2016 By Karen Brooks

FOOD HISTORY

Pioneer Salt, Giant Pancakes, and Sexy Salads: The Two-Century-Long Story of How Portland Conquered the Food World

Here are the wild spots, rule breakers, lost treasures, and unforgettable dishes that forged our food culture.

08/15/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Karen Brooks, Molly Woodstock, and Michael Zusman Photography by Nicolle Clemetson Styled by Ashley Marti/Local Haven

Comics

Oregon’s Been a Comics Capital for Longer Than You Think (Like, Waaaay Longer)

Oregon Historical Society’s new exhibit Comic City, USA showcases our state's talent in the ninth art. This timeline proves Oregonians have been cranking out some of the best for more than 100 years.

08/11/2016 By Lisa Dunn

ESSAY

A History Sleuth Tracks Down Portland’s Most Mysterious Founder—and Unearths a Much Rougher Origin Story Than You Know

According to Randall Trowbridge, primordial Portland was less “Little House on the Prairie and a little more Deadwood.”

07/12/2016 By Leah Sottile

ARCHITECTURE

Yes, the Memorial Coliseum Is Now a "National Treasure"

The symbolic designation could save the controversial 56-year-old stadium from the wrecking ball.

06/10/2016 By Lisa Dunn

FESTIVAL

A New Festival Memorializes Vanport, Beyond the Flood

At the Vanport Mosaic Festival, former residents of what was once Oregon's second-largest city—destroyed by a 1948 flood—tell their stories.

05/26/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

HISTORY

Slide Show: The Columbia River Highway Turns 100

The state-of-the-art road was designed to make Oregon “the playground of America.”

05/19/2016

HISTORY

One History Sleuth’s Radical Theory: Everything We Know About How Portland Began Is Wrong

The pursuit of a shadowy founding father winds deep into Portland’s Deadwood days.

05/19/2016 By Leah Sottile

HISTORY

Here's How Bad the Corruption Was in Prohibition Portland

A new book on local crime and vice makes Portland's modern-day "scandals" seem quaint.

02/01/2016 By Marty Patail

5 THINGS ABOUT

Union Station Turns 120

We visit our iconic train station’s past and predict its future.

01/25/2016 By Katie Vaughan

NEWS

Facing Closure, 'Know Your City' Transitioning to Volunteer Model, Raising Emergency Funds

The 6-year-old social justice non-profit seeks to raise $12,000 to survive 2016.

12/21/2015 By Marty Patail

THE HISTORY ISSUE

The Heroes, Villains & Rogues Who Shaped Portland

Worrying about “keeping the city weird?” Don’t. As these tales reveal, Portland has always been stranger, bloodier and more fascinating than you ever imagined.

11/23/2015 Edited by Zach Dundas