Editor in Chief

Since joining Portland Monthly’s staff in 2010, Zach Dundas has covered amateur rocketry, retro gambling, Oregon’s flexible romantic leanings, and mysterious kebabs, among many other subjects. He edits narrative features and service packages. In 2013, his work for the magazine landed a trio of Society of Professional Journalists awards.

Zach got his journalistic start as the “calendar boy” at Montana’s Missoula Independent before working as a reporter and editor at Willamette Week. These days, he fills his ample free time with contributions to Monocle and other magazines, and is the author of two books, including the forthcoming The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes. He’s got a wife, two kids, and an ailing soccer career.

THE RUNDOWN

Food Cart City

Portland's ever-expanding constellations of food carts have made us one of the top destinations in the world for street fare.

08/17/2010 By Randy Gragg, Zach Dundas, and Rachel Ritchie

Mudroom

Electric Avenue

Perfect for the task at hand, green-friendly and urban-growth-cap'd Portland gears up for electric vehicular transportation of the future.

06/10/2010 By Zach Dundas

Portland Spaces: Handbook

Green: It’s the New Black

Death may be a long ways off for some, but others argue it's never to early to start planning your death. Here's something you may not have thought about: nontraditional, sustainable burials. Interested? Find out more here!

05/27/2010 By Zach Dundas

ISLAND LIFE

Paradise Ross

The Ross Island collective is examined and dissected, with the primary focus being its ecological resilience.

04/20/2010 By Zach Dundas

Learning Curve

Retro Grades

Portland Public Schools has a simple solution to their rich school/poor school dilemma: having kids go to their neighborhood high school. Maybe it's not as simple as it sounds.

01/19/2010 By Zach Dundas

Mudroom

Toll Position

The mayoral race in Vancouver has a lot more to do with Portland than you would think, as issues about a toll for the Columbia River Crossing shape the campaigns.

10/09/2009 By Zach Dundas

HABITAT

Sand Castle

The stereotypical beach rental with kitschy seashell art and 1960s blankets gets a modern makeover from two designers.

09/11/2009 By Victoria Blake

Hit List

Autumn Done Right

Here are the ingredients to a great autumn day in Portland: fresh food, good beer, great costumes, ghost stories, and a picnic under Laurelhurst Park's Katsura tree.

09/10/2009 By Elizabeth Buelow

Home Design

Before the Finishes

Remodeling a house is more than a new coat of paint and some hardwood floors. Listen to _Portland Spaces'_ remodeling tips from local experts.

08/19/2009 By Jessica Pruitt

Pairings

Taster's Choice

Portland sommeliers take us through the perfect menus for our top 50 wines.

08/18/2009

Get Yo Grape On

Oregon's 50 Best Wines 2009

Oregon's one of the best wine-growing regions in the world—and we have the guide to finding the best quality and the best value to match it.

08/18/2009 With Randy Gragg By Condé Cox

Music

The Ballad of Fred and Toody

Fred and Toody Cole, Portland's rock lifers, reflect on making music and staying in love after 40 years of marriage and life on the road.

07/21/2009 By Bart Blasengame

Best Burgers 2009

Create the Perfect Burger

In this issue, not only did we judge the best burgers in the city; we gathered some of the top chefs in the city—Tommy Habetz of Bunk, Oswaldo Bibiano of Autentica, and Naomi Pomeroy of Beast—for a no-holds-barred Iron Chef-esque competition to create the

07/20/2009 By Bart Blasengame

Best Foot Forward

Well Heeled

The recession has paddle-shocked cobbling back to life thanks to cash-strapped customers who would rather scrimp by paying $12 for a replacement heel than pony up $100 for a new pair of kicks.

06/23/2009 By Sam Holder

Beyond the Bridges

Victorian Queen

While British Columbia's capital, Victoria, may shout Imperialism, there's more than just tea and scones in this not-nearly-so-traditional city.

06/22/2009 By Jim Gullo

Trails

The Right Path

These scenic vistas, shot by _Portland Monthly_ staffer Scott Weber should get you out the door and into the wild. This June, he focuses on waterfall-filled hikes in the Columbia Gorge. What could be better than all this hair-blowing beauty less than an h

05/26/2009

Saving for the Future

Seed Saviors

Scientists at the National Clonal Germplasm Repository are even now hedging against humanity's uncertain future. Within the twenty-eight-year-old facility's greenhouses, are the fruits and nuts and seeds and pollen of roughly ten thousand plants collected

05/26/2009 By Rebecca Clarren

Mudroom

Hot-Rod Hybrid

Portland claims the most hybrid-car owners in the country, but odds are that nobody's plugged in a ride quite like the 2010 Fisker Karma, which hits 60 miles per hour in just under six seconds and gets 100 miles per gallon.

05/26/2009 With Brian Barker

Get Out

Hikes & Bikes

One of the best things about living in Portland is the ease with which we can escape the city for more rugged delights. So we paged through guidebooks, consulted local experts, and wore a little leather off our own boots...

05/20/2009 Edited by Kasey Cordell With Brian Barker By Kaitlin Johnson, Ariel Bleicher, Victoria Nguyen, and Bart Blasengame

Observed

Terry's Gift

The late Terry Toedtemeier was the Portland Art Museum's curator of photography. Toedtemeier shaped the Portland art scene during his twenty-three years as a curator and nature photographer and by co-authoring a book, _Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Colu

05/19/2009 By Tim Appelo