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. 

Books

A New Cultural Atlas Spotlights the Cities of the Upper Left

The story of Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, told via gorgeously illustrated maps, from two PSU geography professors and their student collaborators.

09/01/2021 By Julia Silverman

Home/Work

It's Airbnb, but for Offices

Sick of your work from home set up? Portland startup Radious wants to rent you an office

08/31/2021 By Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories to Watch This Week

Here’s your cheat sheet to what everyone in Portland will be talking about this week

08/30/2021 By Julia Silverman

Shopping

A Custom-Built Trike Empire Grows in Portland’s Old Town

Icicle Tricycles builds everything from activewear to zine trikes.

08/25/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

Burning Questions About Back to School 2021

All about masks, vaccine mandates, outdoor lunch, quarantine policy, and more.

08/25/2021 By Julia Silverman

Eat This Now

11 Breakfast Sandwiches to Get You out of Bed

Start your day off with one of these delights between bread.

08/20/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Conner Reed, Julia Silverman, and Margaret Seiler

Real Estate

First They Came for the AC. Now, It's About a Backyard Pool.

Historically, a pool was unexpected in Portland-area backyards. But given climate change and COVID, they are hot commodities.

08/18/2021 By Julia Silverman

Back to School

Portland Public Schools Mandates COVID Vaccines for All Employees

Oregon's largest school district will require shots for all except those who have medical exemptions.

08/18/2021 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Up Next In PDX's Hot Home-Buying Market: Virtual Staging

The practice is getting more common, especially for condos, which are more likely to linger on the market.

08/17/2021 By Julia Silverman

Media

3 Oregon Substacks Worth the Space in Your Inbox

From hot Blazers content to Dear Sugar to Oregon deep dives, these newsletters are worth the subscription. (And one of them is completely free!)

08/17/2021 By Julia Silverman

Demographics

Oregon’s Getting More Diverse, According to the US Census

The state's long had a rep as one of the whitest, least diverse in the country. But that's changing, according to new census data

08/12/2021 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Just Like That, Indoor Mask Rules Are Back in Oregon

The new mandate takes effect on Friday and applies to everyone over the age of 5, regardless of vaccination status

08/11/2021 By Julia Silverman

Back to School

When 'Back to School' Still Means Opening Up a Laptop

The district and others are modeling a future where school is always online and from home.

08/11/2021 By Julia Silverman

Weather

5 Lessons from the Last Heat Wave That Could Help This Time

We've been here before, in June and July of 2021. But concrete change to help the region stave off unnecessary deaths has been slow to materialize.

08/10/2021 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

The Indoor Mask Mandate for All Is Back in Multnomah County

Masking indoors could last at least through January of 2022; broader vaccine mandates, meanwhile, are still under discussion.

08/09/2021 By Julia Silverman

All Aboard

Soon, You Can Cruise the Willamette Aboard a 'Yacht Tub'

The 350-gallon floating soaking tubs will be available for rent starting later this month

08/05/2021 By Julia Silverman

Back to School

The Application Boom at Portland's Private Schools

After more than a year of disrupted education, more families are seeking out private alternatives.

08/04/2021 By Julia Silverman

Business

What Does Portland's IPO Mini-Boom Mean For You?

After a long dry spell, IPOs are happening in Oregon again, with Vacasa, Dutch Bros, and ESS Tech. What does that mean for the rest of us?

08/03/2021 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Portland Suburbs by the Numbers 2021

A look at housing prices to commute times, from Beaverton to Wilsonville

07/28/2021 Edited by Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2021

Nearly every part of town saw an increase in the median sales price last year.

07/28/2021 Edited by Julia Silverman