Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered a little of everything, including politics, beer, pop culture, tech, design, sports, video games, and history. Among his many other duties things, he writes the monthly backpage column, The Shakedown.

Born and raised in Germany as a Burmese-American—confusing, we know!—Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 after a stop in Los Angeles. He completed an MA in History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him producing weird electronic music, cooking, or standing in the Timbers Army. 

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Broder Expands to Hood River, Revolution Hall Gets a Restaurant, and More PDX Food News

... including Phat Cart going brick-and-mortar, Cellar 503's new tasting room, and a new event space in the former Din Din location.

04/18/2016 By Sarah Hopwood and Marty Patail

DESIGN WEEK 2016

Norwegian Design Firm Snøhetta Shows Us How the Sausage Is Made

The firm behind the upcoming James Beard Public Market kicks off Design Week 2016.

04/07/2016 By Marty Patail

ARCHITECTURE

Travel Back to the 1950s and Step Inside 'The Houses of Tomorrow'

Restore Oregon will walk you through seven Portland-area midcentury-modern homes.

04/06/2016 By Marty Patail

HOME DÉCOR

You Need One of These Free Refurbished MAX Signs

Don't fight it.

03/30/2016 By Marty Patail

ARCHITECTURE

How a Portland Firm Reinvented the Call Center

Bora Architects designed Airbnb's CX Hub to feel like home.

03/25/2016 By Marty Patail

THE FUTURE

In a New Era of High Prices and Soaring Popularity, What Will Portland Become?

As the cost of living skyrockets, new people pour in, and shiny new buildings rise, Portland must act fast to save its soul.

03/25/2016 Edited by Zach Dundas By Marty Patail, Brian Libby, Randy Gragg, and Ramona DeNies

SHAKEDOWN

Meet the Parking Lot Czar Preparing to Turn Food Cart Pods into Gleaming High Rises

Greg Goodman wants to transform 11 of his family lots into high-rises. We size him up.

03/25/2016 By Marty Patail

URBAN GROWTH

Are Today’s Outskirts Tomorrow’s Bustling Urban Neighborhoods?

Hillsboro’s Orenco Station invents the anti-suburb.

03/25/2016 By Marty Patail

URBAN PLANNING

You Think Portland Traffic Is Bad Now?

Just wait. But all is not lost.

03/25/2016 By Marty Patail

VENTURES

This Portland Start-Up Could Be the Yelp for Campgrounds

Dyrt aims to create a virtual marketplace for campfire rings and RV hookups.

03/25/2016 By Marty Patail

5 THINGS ABOUT

What You Need to Know About Design Week

The annual celebration of creativity takes over Portland April 15–23.

03/25/2016 By Marty Patail and Caitlin Collins

BEER

Deschutes Brewery Announces East Coast Expansion in Roanoke, Virginia

Not be to be confused with that settlement in North Carolina where all those colonists disappeared.

03/22/2016 By Marty Patail

THE LONG PLAY

PODCAST: Mayoral Hopeful Jules Bailey Reveals His Vision for Portland (and Love of Star Trek)

In the debut of Portland Monthly's podcast The Long Play, the campaign's youthful upstart talks about why the city's top job should be his.

03/21/2016 By Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, and Sika Stanton

COMEDY

What You Missed at Dave Chappelle's Sold-Out Show

It was great, just like you knew it would be.

03/18/2016 By Marty Patail

SHAKEDOWN

What’s the Deal With Ellen Rosenblum?

Oregon’s attorney general is running for a second term. But first, we size her up.

03/01/2016 By Marty Patail

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: The Best Local Stuff of March 2016

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from ergonomically pleasing knives to an app that’ll help you make spontaneous plans

03/01/2016 By Marty Patail

SCIENCE

Researchers Unlock the Secrets of Panda Sex

Hint: the Viagra might not be helping.

03/01/2016 By Marty Patail

Q&A

5 Reasons We Don’t Get Numbers

And it has nothing to do with math.

03/01/2016 By Marty Patail