Metro’s Housing Philosophy is Political, Not Practical

By Miranda Bonifield Metro’s attempts to provide low-income public housing since last year’s $653 million bond measure passed have been stymied by ...

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Press Release: Cascade Policy Institute Publishes Comprehensive Study of Metro’s Parks and Nature Program

October 15, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: John A. Charles, Jr. Eric Fruits, Ph.D. PORTLAND, OR – In the next week or so, Portland ...

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Like Other MAX Projects, TriMet’s Green Line Underdelivers at 10th Anniversary

By Rachel Dawson TriMet has proven time and again that it is unable to live up to past promises. The MAX Green Line, which first opened 10 years ag...

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Hidden Lands, Unknown Plans: A Quarter Century of Metro’s Natural Areas Program

By Vladislav Yurlov, Helen Cook, and Micah Perry with Eric Fruits, Ph.D., research advisor Executive summary  In June 2019, Metro’s Council re...

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TriMet Broke Key Promises About MAX

Published in Portland Tribune By Rachel Dawson TriMet's payroll tax has been increasing since 2005 and will continue to go up every year until 2...

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Oregon Distilleries Deserve Better

By Helen Cook Oregon has a booming craft distilling industry. That’s why it’s so surprising that one popular distiller is calling it quits. Mike Se...

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Shrinking Roads and Rising Fatalities Don’t Bode Well for Portland’s Vision Zero

By Rachel Dawson Portland hasn’t seen 50 road fatalities since 1996. With 43 fatalities already, it looks like 2019 will be a record-breaking year,...

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Where Is Our Metro Park at Chehalem Ridge?

By Helen Cook This summer, I was walking on an old logging road in the middle of thick forest, not a person in sight. The only sign of human activi...

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Dumbing Down Voters

By John A. Charles, Jr. In 2016 Val Hoyle, then a legislator from Eugene, introduced a bill to guarantee postage-paid envelopes for Oregon’s vote-b...

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Portland’s Rising Bills are Purposeful Accidents

By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Portland City Council has just learned that what it thought was a $500 million water filtration plant will now be an $850 mil...

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