Politics

The Strangest Election in America Right Now Is This Portland School Board Race

The backstory on how Facebook pleas, a Zoom call, and a late change of heart created chaos in North Portland’s Zone 4.

04/11/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Kenton

Paul Bunyan standing guard, haunted basements, and a comics treasure trove

02/25/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: St. Johns

Everyone's favorite PDX bridge, homegrown cinema, and a new stop for New Haven–style pizza

02/08/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Mississippi and Williams

Garden patios for summer nights, resonant Black history, and DIY wonderland for home-builders

01/29/2021 By Fiona McCann, Kelly Clarke, and Margaret Seiler

Cool for the Summer

A Volunteer-Built ‘Summer Park’ Sprouts in St. Johns

Hay bales, a movie screen, and a silent disco transform a gravel patch while it waits in construction limbo.

08/15/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Something Old, Something New

How the Lombard House Became an Instant St. Johns Institution

A bar of the people, by the people.

02/25/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Madam Librarian

Meet the NoPo Librarian Who’s Watching Over an Entire School of Bookworms

James John Elementary doesn’t have a ton of wealthy parents. But the book-loving culture there runs deep.

01/21/2020 By Julia Silverman

Music

Legendary Portland Singer Shirley Nanette Brings Sequins and Soul to Holocene

At 71, the dynamo entertainer returns to the stage to perform her 1973 album, Never Coming Back, in its entirety.

04/09/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Education

Meet the Longest-Serving Principal in Portland

With Rosa Parks Elementary, Tamala Newsome helped shape a neighborhood.

01/29/2019 By Margaret Seiler

Beer

Widmer's North Portland Brewpub Closes After Almost 23 Years

"With ... increased competition, we have struggled to make the pub financially sustainable," the company said in a Facebook post.

01/22/2019 By Marty Patail

Music

‘70s-Era Portland Soul Icons Take the Stage in Historic Concert

The Albina Soul Revue showcases some of the best of the city's musical past.

11/13/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

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

Best Bars 2018: Oh Happy Day

A Perfect, Day-Long Pub Crawl in North Portland

Prepare for burgers, Corpse Reviver Jell-O shots, and vegan tiki.

08/14/2018 By Samantha Bakall

Streets & Hoods

6 Essential Portland Neighborhoods for Newcomers to Explore

Shop, eat, and play your way across the metro area.

08/03/2018 Edited by Kelly Clarke and Margaret Seiler

Architecture

A New Housing Concept on N Williams Aims to Change How Some Portlanders Age

The 70-unit Canyons building is all about aging in place—and staying out of the nursing home.

06/14/2018 By Emily Davis

Design

The Hidden History of North Portland's Flower-Powered Peninsula Park

With its sunken garden and lusty pink blooms, the park was part of our young city's frenzy for roses.

05/22/2018 By Kate Bryant

Spotlight

At Dos Hermanos, Two Yucatán-Born Brothers Work Bakery Magic

Gabriel and Josue Azcorra fuel N Williams with great baguettes and sugar-showered Mexican pastries.

04/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Visual Art

A Year after a Controversial Art Gallery Coup, Disjecta Focuses on the Positive

New director Blake Shell aims for more diverse representation—and a revival of the nonprofit's art dinners.

03/27/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Education

Does Jefferson High School Need a New Name?

A ’61 graduate of the historically black school says it should be named for a woman, an African American, or an abolitionist—not a slaveowner.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail