Julia Silverman is Portland Monthly’s News Editor. She previously worked at Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Associated Press and as the editor-in-chief of PDX Parent magazine. She lives in Southeast Portland with her husband and their twins and does too many jigsaw puzzles in her spare time. Find her on Twitter at @jrlsilverman. 

Portland Parks

Best Concerts, Comedy Shows, Movies & Festivals at Portland Parks This Summer

Park events are back, and in a big way. From Esperanza Spalding to DJ Prashant, here are our picks for a few of the season’s finest at Portland’s greenspaces.

05/27/2022 By Julia Silverman

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

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

Real Estate

Portland Real Estate Guide 2022

A look at the numbers on home sales from Arbor Lodge to Argay, Bridlemile to Buckman, Laurelhurst to Lents, Canby to Camas, plus the skinny on the market fr...

05/16/2022 Edited by Julia Silverman By Melissa Dalton, Cami Hughes, Fiona McCann, Karly Quadros, Conner Reed, and Margaret Seiler

Real Estate

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2022

Home sales prices, rent costs, demographics, crime statistics, and commute times for every neighborhood, from the Pearl to Parkrose, Hillsdale to Hazelwood

05/16/2022 Edited by Margaret Seiler and Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Portland Suburbs by the Numbers 2022

Home sales prices, rent costs, demographics, and commute times for Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Vancouver, and other Portland-area suburbs.

05/16/2022 Edited by Margaret Seiler and 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

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Lake Oswego

Change is on the rise in Lake Oswego–one of Oregon's wealthiest communities. Here's what to do and see the next time you visit

05/12/2022 By Julia Silverman

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Tigard and Tualatin

With upscale malls, peaceful rivers, and a table tennis proving ground–the twin cities of Tigard-Tualatin have plenty to offer.

05/12/2022 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Here's Where Home Prices Are Rising Fastest in the Portland Metro Area

More homes came onto the market in April of 2022 than in the previous month, expanding available inventory in Portland's brutally tight housing scene.

05/12/2022 By Julia Silverman

Retail Therapy

15 New-ish Stores in Portland for Spring Shopping

So many houseplants, so much macrame, so many candles.

05/10/2022 By Julia Silverman

Shopping

9 Portland-Area Malls, Ranked 

Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Bridgeport Village, Clackamas Town Center, Washington Square, and more—which is a mall to rule them all?

05/06/2022 By Shannon Daehnke, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

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

COVID-19

Oregon’s Long-Awaited Digital Vaccine Card is Finally Here

The Oregon Health Authority launched the long-delayed, $2.45 million initiative to little fanfare at the end of April.

04/29/2022 By Fiona McCann and Julia Silverman