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. 

Retail Therapy

10 Portland Stores on Our Radar Screens Right Now

From new boutiques to old favorites in new spaces to under-the-radar spots, head to these Rose City gems the next time you need to scratch your shopping itch.

08/11/2022 By Julia Silverman

Home Remodel

A Manzanita House with a History Gets a Game Changer of a Makeover

Out went the beige carpet and surfboard décor, in came built-ins, nautical curves, and a spa bathroom in this beach house on the Oregon Coast

08/11/2022 By Julia Silverman Photography by George Barberis

Real Estate 2022

Is the Portland Housing Market Getting More Buyer Friendly?

Signs point to yes, even though home sale prices in Portland, Oregon, are still near historic highs.

08/10/2022 By Julia Silverman

Light A Fire

Your Favorite Portland Nonprofit Deserves an Award, Right?

Know of a nonprofit that deserves recognition? Nominations are now open for Portland Monthly’s annual Light a Fire awards!

08/10/2022 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

A New COVID Vaccine Is Headed for Oregon this Fall

About 76 percent of the state’s residents got at least an initial dose of a COVID vaccine. Here's how public health officials are gearing up for this round.

08/04/2022 By Julia Silverman

Politics

In Normally Sleepy August, the Oregon Governor's Race Heats Up

All three gubernatorial candidates are out with TV ads. We break them down.

08/03/2022 By Julia Silverman

City Hall

Is Sam Adams Portland’s Shadow Mayor?

The former mayor is back at city hall, and calling an awful lot of shots. 

07/29/2022 By Julia Silverman

Heat Wave

Are Oregonians Learning to Love Air Conditioning?

As temperatures rise , new data from the federal government suggests that the answer is yes.

07/27/2022 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Every Portland Suburb in a Nutshell

Beaverton to Wood Village, Camas to Wilsonville.

07/26/2022 By Julia Silverman, Matthew Trueherz, Conner Reed, and Dalila Brent

Travel

This Tiny 'Cocoon Cottage' on the Oregon Coast Isn't Quite Open Yet, But It’s Already TikTok Famous

The owner’s other handbuilt Airbnb rentals include a giant potato in Idaho, a hobbit hole in Washington, and a treehouse in Hawaii.

07/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Summer

5 Oregon-Made Sunscreens for the Dog Days of Summer

From Portland to Bend, these brands from the Beaver State have you covered when it comes to sun protection.

07/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Design

Gresham's New Library Could Be Our Starchitect Moment

Designers of the new 95,000 square foot East County flagship branch, which is set to open in 2025, are shooting for the moon.

07/18/2022 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Housing Inventory in Portland Is Rising: Which Quadrant Had the Biggest Spike?

New numbers show a sharp rise in available homes to buy in June, as pending sales take a dip.

07/14/2022 By Julia Silverman

Dining Picks

Portland's Best Ice Cream

Our go-to shops for scoops, sundaes, frozen pops, gelato, and vegan ice cream, with Cloud City, Kulfi, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, and, of course, Salt & Straw

07/13/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Julia Silverman, and Matthew Trueherz

Nature

Multnomah County Is Facing Its Largest Mosquito Outbreak since 2010

And ecologists say the worst is yet to come from these insects that can cause itchy bugbites, malaria, and West Nile virus. Gulp.

07/13/2022 By Julia Silverman

COVID-19

CDC Recommends Masking in Multnomah as BA. 5 Spreads

The CDC says people in high risk counties, including in the Portland area, should consider wearing a mask indoors as local authorities track the new variants.

07/12/2022 By Fiona McCann and Julia Silverman

Best of PDX

The Ultimate Portland Bucket List

From markets to movie houses to museums, here's your expert list of the absolute best things to do in this city.

07/06/2022 By Shannon Daehnke, Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Matthew Trueherz

Style and Shopping

5 Portland Stores Where You Can Find Your Perfect Summer Swimsuit

Need to switch up your bathing suit? Shop local at these Rose City retailers, including two that will custom-make a suit for you from sustainable fabrics.

06/23/2022 By Margaret Seiler and Julia Silverman

Books, Books, Books

Portland's Flagship Downtown Library Is Getting a Face-Lift—And Closing for 3 Months!

The Multnomah County Central Library building will be closed to the public from August 1 to November 1 for a face-lift.

06/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Greenspaces

A Celebration of Portland Parks

A thank-you note to the hiking trails of Forest Park, the playground of Wilshire and Arbor Lodge, the smell of roses in Washington and Peninsula Parks, and more

06/17/2022 Edited by Julia Silverman By Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler