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OHSU gears up for $500M more of South Waterfront development
25 July 2014 — Fresh off the opening of the spiffy new Collaborative Life Sciences Building, Oregon Health & Science University is gearing up for the next phase of construction on the South Waterfront — two more buildings encompassing nearly one million square feet. One of the buildings will be located just north of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, which opened last month, on a surface parking lot along Southwest Moody Avenue. It will allow the Knight Cancer Institute to consolidate under one roof from about four buildings up on Marquam Hill. The second planned building will go directly south of the Center for Health & Healing, just down Moody to the south. 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…
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…
Legalizing marijuana in Oregon could produce $38.5 million in new taxes, study estimates
25 July 2014 — Legalizing marijuana could produce an additional $38.5 million in taxes for Oregon in the first year, according to an economic study financed by the legalization campaign. That’s equivalent to less than one-half of 1 percent of the state’s general fund budget of $8 billion a year. But the projected revenues are also nearly a quarter of the entire budget of the Oregon State Police. “It’s not an insignificant amount, but it’s not huge” relative to the entire budget, said Robert Whelan, who authored the study for Portland-based ECONorthwest. The study concedes that it is particularly hard to estimate the economic impact of legal marijuana sales once the market matures, but it does point to a couple of interesting possibilities. One is that the legalization measure on the November ballot calls for a much lower tax than levied on legal marijuana sales in Washington – and that could prod Washingtonians to come across the border to buy pot, much as they already do for other products to avoid sales taxes. Read more…
Parking app drives into city’s garages
25 July 2014 — Next time you’re planning on driving downtown and looking for a parking space where you know you won’t get ripped off, you might want to first look at bestparking.com, says Ben Sann, founder of the website. Otherwise, let the buyer beware, says Sann, whose secret shopper, or rather, secret parker, has found plenty of bad deals at Portland parking lots and garages. Some of those bad deals are the result of garage owners posting misleading parking rates, according to Sann. A few don’t even let you know the hourly parking rate until you’re checking out. Some parking lot signs here advertise an inexpensive all-day rate, but don’t tell drivers their hourly rate is more than three times the hourly rate at a lot a block away. Read more…
Union Pacific start work on Southeast pedestrian crossing
25 July 2014 — Work on a new pedestrian bridge in Southeast Portland is set to start next week. The bridge, which results from an agreement TriMet and the City of Portland reached with Union Pacific Railroad, will sit at Southeast Rhine and Lafayette streets and cross railroad tracks near the future Southeast 17th Avenue and Rhine Street Max station. The project is part of work on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail line, which opens in September 2015. The new structure replaces a bridge built by Union Pacific in the early 1940s. Read more…
Anti-surveillance camouflage for your face
25 July 2014 — The NSA made me slather my face in make-up. Or, it didn’t make me, exactly. But last spring, I found myself wandering around D.C., wearing dazzle camouflage for the first time. It was a sunny Saturday, the capital swamp neither frigid nor muggy-oppressive—perfect for walking. It took me 45 minutes to get all the makeup on, to get the pencil right and the hair dangled just so. I should step back. I had slathered the paint on my face in order to hide from computers. The patterns in which I applied the paint were important: To the pixel-calculating machinations of facial recognition algorithms, they transformed my face into a mess of unremarkable pixels. In the computer’s vision, my face caused a momentary burst of confusion. That’s why the patterns are called computer vision dazzle (or CV dazzle). When it works, CV dazzle keeps facial-recognition algorithms from seeing a face. The idea behind CV dazzle is simple. Facial recognition algorithms look for certain patterns when they analyze images: patterns of light and dark in the cheekbones, or the way color is distributed on the nose bridge—a baseline amount of symmetry. These hallmarks all betray the uniqueness of a human visage. If you obstruct them, the algorithm can’t separate a face from any other swath of pixels. The idea behind CV dazzle is simple. Facial recognition algorithms look for certain patterns when they analyze images: patterns of light and dark in the cheekbones, or the way color is distributed on the nose bridge—a baseline amount of symmetry. These hallmarks all betray the uniqueness of a human visage. If you obstruct them, the algorithm can’t separate a face from any other swath of pixels. Read more…
Portland teams with Metro to update region’s aerial map, image database
25 July 2014 — Portland is partnering with more than two dozen other cities and public agencies to gather a uniform and up-to-date aerial map and image database for the metro region. The data have wide implications for city planners and are used to help map landslide risk areas, track the amount of vacant land in the city, provide 3D modeling for buildings and identify earthquake faults. Portland hasn’t performed an aerial survey since 2007. The regional partners, led by Metro and Portland, are contracting with Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries to gather the aerial photos and data. DOGAMI uses Quantum Spatial, a geo-mapping company with a Portland office, to gather the data. The company uses LiDAR, which stands for light detection and ranging, to collect precise aerial data points. 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…
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…
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