What Now?

Architect Kevin Cavenaugh Talks Coronavirus, the Future of Buildings

“Applebee’s is screwed. Olive Garden is screwed, but we’re not screwed.... The small, nimble, creative, local entrepreneurs are going to be fine.”

06/01/2020 Edited by Marty Patail

What Now?

The New, New Portland

The Portland of the future might not look like the one we thought we wanted. And maybe that's OK.

06/01/2020 By Marty Patail

Dollars and Sense

A Sober Budget Plan for Pandemic-Stricken Portland

Mayor Ted Wheeler's plan would spend $75 million less than the current budget.

05/07/2020 By Julia Silverman

The Big Deals

Three Projects Reshaping Portland Neighborhoods

Big-deal developments to watch for downtown, in Goose Hollow, and on a surging Sandy Boulevard

04/01/2020

Cooling Market

Once Stratospheric, the Portland Real Estate Market Is Looking More Earthbound This Year

If not a buyer’s market, it’s at least a balanced one.

04/01/2020 By Julia Silverman

Arts News

RACC Executive Director Madison Cario Comments on Last Week's Restructure

Cario casts the layoffs as a fiscal decision, while teaching artists with Right Brain harbor questions about the program's future

02/04/2020 By Conner Reed

Space Invaders

Self-Storage Is Suddenly Everywhere in Portland. Here’s Why.

Blame zoning and population growth, or maybe we just have too much stuff. 

01/21/2020 By Kat Merck

Twilight Zoning

The Curious Case of Damascus, Oregon—The Undead City

Over the course of 15 years, the Portland suburb has gained, lost, and regained city status. Where does it stand today?

09/23/2019 By Zach Dundas

Urban Achiever

This Rising Political Star Could Redefine the Portland Region

And you probably don’t even know her name. (It’s Lynn Peterson, and she’s taking over Metro.)

12/21/2018 By Randy Gragg Photography by Nicolle Clemetson

Development

Can This Radical Plan Reinvent the Rose Quarter?

Right now, the community-born Albina Vision Trust may be just a dream. But it's quite the dream.

09/18/2018 By Zach Dundas

Development

The Massive Post Office Makeover Will Transform Northwest Portland

The project will reshape a whole neighborhood off the Broadway Bridge. It will, admittedly, take a while.

04/24/2018 By Zach Dundas

Real Estate 2018

The Huge Real Estate Projects Shaping the Future of Portland

Think Portland has “changed”? Brace yourself. The next 20 years promise big-time growth and dramatic transformation.

03/27/2018 Edited by Zach Dundas

Real Estate 2018: Rockwood Arises

Can One of Portland’s Poorest Neighborhoods Build Its Way to Prosperity?

Rockwood has bold—but controversial—plans to try.

03/27/2018 By Randy Gragg

Real Estate 2018: Slabtown Sensations

What Will Become of Rapidly Changing Slabtown?

Amid a rising skyline, street-level humanity prevails (for now).

03/27/2018 By Zach Dundas

Real Estate 2018: The Blueprint

What Will Portland Look Like in 2035? The City Is About to Decide.

One little factor: there could be almost 850,000 of us.

03/27/2018 By Zach Dundas

Editor's Note

From the Editor: A Radical Plan to Transform the Rose Quarter

With the Albina Vision Trust, Portland native Rukaiyah Adams sets out to transform the problem-plagued neighborhood.

03/27/2018 By Zach Dundas

Urban Futures

Will Robot Cars Rule Portland's Streets?

National thinkers gathered here to ponder what autonomous vehicles will do to our cities. Who's driving this thing?

03/13/2018 By Randy Gragg

Urban Nature

3 New Ways for Portlanders to Get Outdoors in 2018

Start your Fitbits: this year, the Green Loop makes a Sunday Parkways cameo, several city parks get a facelift, and an east side dock opens to summer swimmers.

01/17/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Design

Could This Cruddy Swatch of Concrete Become a Riverside Paradise?

Water Avenue Yards may never happen, but it would be glorious.

10/16/2017 By Emma Mannheimer

Essay

Massive Growth Is Transforming Portland. What Do We Need to Do Next?

We size up the blown chances and promising opportunities.

09/21/2017 By Randy Gragg Illustrations by Matteo Berton