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Hoyt Street Properties starts work on Pearl District condo tower, first since recession
24 July 2014 — In the housing market’s glory days, would-be buyers would line up outside the sales office for an unfinished condo building, checkbooks in hand and angling for prime units. Ten years later, Tiffany Sweitzer is wondering if people will still line up. Her firm, Hoyt Street Properties, started work last week on the first new Pearl District condo tower since the recession. Also last week, Hoyt Street finally closed the books on its last condominium venture, The Encore, selling the last of its 177 condos. The building was finished in 2008, just as the recession was taking hold, and had only 12 units sold at the time. Read more…
Airbnb, acting as Portland’s lodging tax collector, won’t hand over users’ names or addresses
22 July 2014 — Even though Airbnb has agreed to collect lodging taxes on behalf of users who rent rooms in their Portland homes, the city won’t get those users’ names and addresses. Instead, it will just get a single return, as though Airbnb were a single 1,600-room hotel. As the city moves to legalize and regulate Airbnb-style short term rentals, the arrangement reached with the city’s revenue bureau takes away one tool to enforce the new regulations it’s putting in place. Read more…
Honda Smart House US ready for testing
23 July 2014 — The Honda Smart House US has recently been constructed on campus at the University of California (UC), Davis. The house will serve as a test for an off-the-grid living space of the future. Homes and cars are responsible for about 44% of all the greenhouse gases emitted in the US, and in constructing the house, the designers of The Honda Smart House aimed to try and find a way to neutralize these emissions. The house also generates enough solar energy to power both car and home, with a little left over to feed back into the grid. The Honda Smart Home US is run by the company’s home energy management system (HEMS). This system is located in the garage and works to monitor and optimize electrical consumption across the home’s micro-grid. Next to the HEMS, the builders installed a 10 kWh battery, which is used for storing energy collected by the 9.5 kW solar photovoltaic system mounted on the roof. Read more…
Court ruling could lead to ‘health reform for blue states’
24 July 2014 — Tuesday’s federal court rulings on the subsidies provision of the Affordable Care Act generated a ton of commentary, some full of praise and others condemnation. Essentially, a panel of the Washington D.C. Circuit court struck down subsidies in 36 states that are using the federal health exchange, as opposed to a state-run exchange. If upheld on further appeal, which could take months, the ruling could gut the ACA. One commentary that stands out comes from Margo Sanger-Katz in the New York Times. She said the ruling (again, if upheld) could exacerbate differences in health care access between richer and poorer states. Read more…
Love Art! Gallery in SE Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood closing in August
24 July 2014 — Ted and Ruby Madrona had no business plans when in 2009 they rented a shop in the heart of the Sellwood neighborhood’s business district. Three months later, the former cheese shop opened as Love Art! Gallery, now an iconic storefront on Southeast 13th Avenue. A giant medal sea horse peers down at passersby, and for five years tiled garden benches have welcomed pedestrians to rest. But the benches are gone and the storage room is empty. Love Art! Gallery is closing Aug. 3. “It is time,” Ruby said. “We cannot run this business and do the things we want to do.” The couple manages three other business ventures: Home Healer (a handyman service), Love Handles (handmade dog carriers) and Smouses (art-based tiny house development). The gallery features art from about 70 artists, Ruby said. Products range from jewelry to paintings to sculptures. Everything is cruelty free, she said: No pearls, no leather, no silk. Ted said he’d like to spend more time actively advocating for animals’ rights after the gallery closes. He and Ruby are vegans, and protecting animals is one of their passions. Read more…
We’re No. 17! Buffalo and Boise best Portland for recreation
24 July 2014 — One thing that attracted me to Portland, where I moved about a year ago, were all the outdoor recreational opportunities. Forest Park, with a wonderful network of trails stretched over its eight-mile expanse, is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. And smaller parks abound in most every neighborhood. Yet Portland has a lot of work to do when it comes to recreational opportunities,according to a new national survey. Portland ranked a relatively lowly No. 17 on WalletHub’s list of Best Cities for Recreation. Apparently, we should take a page from Cincinnati’s book. Cincinnati topped the list, followed by Orlando and Omaha, Neb. Read more…
Recession-slammed 50th and Division finds new economic life
24 July 2014 — When Betre “Peter” Tesfu opened a new Ethiopian restaurant six years ago off Southeast Division Street and 50th Avenue, friends said he was crazy. But Tesfu figured Division Street was “up and coming” and primed to be another Hawthorne Boulevard. Boy was he right. Now the explosive growth along Division — including a nationally recognized “restaurant row” between 30th and 34th avenues — is spreading east to 50th Avenue and beyond. Back in 2009, when the Portland Tribune sought to chronicle how the city was coping with the Great Recession, we selected the 50th and Division area as an average Portland neighborhood, and a team of reporters fanned out to interview nearby residents, workers and merchants. Our findings: the largely working-class neighborhood was “stressed but surviving,” which became the theme of our four-part series published five years ago this month. Read more…
Fine arts: Two Portland public installations win national honors
24 July 2014 — Chalk up a couple of nice honors for the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The Portland group landed two public artworks among the 37 pieces honored for their aesthetics by Americans for the Arts. The Portland winners were chosen among 345 public art pieces submitted nationwide. The honored pieces are “Streetcar Stop for Portland,” by artist Jorge Pardo, located at Northeast Broadway and Weidler Street, and “Inversion +/-” by Lead Pencil Studio. Inversion is located at the east-end approaches of the Hawthorne and Morrison bridges in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The Pardo piece features more than 300 individual panels that feature shades of gray and brown on the exterior and orange and yellow on the interior. The work “provides a rainy on the outside, sunny on the inside experience for Portland’s streetcar riders, according to RACC. The striking “Inversion +/-” evokes “ghosts of buildings demolished in the 1950’s for highway construction, including a cast-iron foundry, a warehouse, and an apartment building” by using weathered steel that forms skeletons of buildings. Read more…
Willamette Week: Best of Portland 2014
23 July 2014 — If you’re a longtime reader of Willamette Week—which in November celebrates 40 years of presenting Portlanders with an independent and irreverent understanding of how their world works so they can make a difference—you already know that. This year, as every year, the one and only Best of Portland issue probably won’t tell you what to spend your money on—unless you count origami flowers made from paper towels or a hotel room at the sloth sanctuary. In any other city where a local publication does a “Best Of” issue readers vote for their favorite french fries. Portland, we think, deserves something different and better. Each year, we set out to recognize the best robotic yeti, corgi trained to shut brewpub doorsand conservative-baiting church sign in town. In other words, the things that make this city so special. Read more…
City releases draft Comp Plan
23 July 2014 — Portlanders can now review the draft Comprehensive Land Use Plan updated that will guide future growth after it has been approved by the City Council. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released the draft Comp Plan — as it is commonly called — on its website on Tuesday. A page devoted to the draft includes background information, links to various sections, and an online Map App to access an interactive map of proposed changes throughout the city. “As a major opportunity to implement the Portland Plan, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan gives us a detailed roadmap to the future,” says Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson. “We invite you to review the draft 2035 Plan and give us your feedback. Your comments are critical for helping to create a healthier, more resilient and prosperous city for us and future generations.” The page is www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan. Read more…
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood makes coming of age feel new again
23 July 2014 — Boyhood took 12 years, in film as in life. For 12 years, director Richard Linklater shot the movie for a few weeks each summer as both the main character, a boy named Mason, and the actor, Ellar Coltrane, came of age, from 6 to 18. The epic undertaking has resulted in one of the most honest and absorbing representations of growing up ever put to film: all the tedium, all the wonder. All story, no plot. Or maybe—judging also from Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life—growing up is just more beautiful in Texas. The sun shines more, and it’s always golden hour. Like a lot of kids, Mason is shiftless. He likes video games. He likes trampolines and bikes and, eventually, girls. You feel, through his eyes, the deep mysteries contained in his mother’s Victoria’s Secret catalog, and the singular injustice of having an older sister—played by Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei—who is way better at lying than he is. We see him in a series of moments, and they blend into each other without announcement. New haircuts appear. Obama runs for president. We see a teen girl awkwardly saying that “a friend” has a crush on Mason, and then we see her as Mason’s first girlfriend. It feels like memory, except we don’t know how it ends. Read more…
Homes That Just Went on The Market in the City of Portland
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