Reason to retire in Portland? It would be boring anywhere else
Mark & Dave: Up in the Air
Portland makes it on more lists than any other city in the world. Now were on the list of top 10 best cities to retire without a car which makes sense since its our top 10 city in which its nearly impossible to drive a car. For starters, we have more potholes than Starbucks. (Message to Mayor Charlie Hales: Is fog-sealing really paving?)
Other reasons to retire in Portland: No plastic grocery bags; you never worry where to store them. Mental stimulation: Stay sharp calculating alternative routes around our crumbling bridges. PDX: It looks different every time you visit except for the Pardon our dust signs.
CNN/Money Magazine named Sherwood as the No. 5 Best Place to Live in the United States. Couldnt help thinking about it while stuck in molar-grinding gridlock on the way from Portland to ... Sherwood. Nice place, if you can get there.
Stop us if youve heard this one: Metro President Tom Hughes really wants to build a 600-room hotel near the Oregon Convention Center. But he needs support from Portland and Multnomah County. Metro and Multnomah County dont agree on the merits of a new hotel. Hughes thinks it would be good for the economy. Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen thinks it will be more convenient than flying to Atlanta twice a year.
Its back-to-school time. We know because retailers have been pushing lined paper and pencils since the Fourth of July. So, kids will be back in class in a week or so. You know what that means? Time put up the Christmas decorations.
Turns out the National Security Agency did listen in on the private phone conversations among Americans. Everyone deserves privacy, except that guy with a Bluetooth and a booming voice at the supermarket, on the elevator, in line for fast food, and, the worst, the guy using the bathroom. Hard to scream about privacy when everyone can hear you now.
Amazing what Mark remembers: In my formative years, an ex-boss once told me how to get things done. You throw enough (blank) against the wall, some of it will stick. Why does Portlands new idea of a carbon tax have that same kind of smell?
Minority report: At county parks, Clackamas County sheriffs deputies can search your cooler without cause part of the effort to cut down on drunkenness by enthusiastic Clackamas River floaters. But jurisdiction is suspended once youre past the high-water mark on shore or if you already are on the river. So, how long will it be before drinkers figure out to put in a little upriver? Have a safe weekend.
For the first time in history, Portlanders will name the new Willamette River transit bridge under construction near OMSI and South Waterfront. Wed suggest the name Squander. Note to Gov. John Kitzhaber: squander is not a Native American name, its bad public policy. But since the new bridge is not meant for cars, well also suggest the name Sellwood.
Mayor Hales wants to replace City Halls homeless camp with wait for it food carts. Yeah, thats how you make Portland food carts even more appetizing ... put them on the soured grounds of former homeless camps. That stretch of real estate could probably qualify as a Superfund site.
The Trail Blazers will receive $4 million a year for naming rights to the Rose Garden about the same as it would cost a family of four to attend every game and enjoy a soda and hot dog for a year at the new Moda Center.
The fireworks show at the 63rd Tualatin Crawfish Festival had surrounding neighborhoods feeling shock and awe. Too few were aware of the event and the opening salvo echoing down the Tualatin River canyon sent neighbors bolting outside thinking a disaster had taken place. Did a train derail? shouted one neighbor. Sadly, Tualatins Dave Nicoli isnt optimistic about the Crawfish Festivals future. As The Times (Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood) noted, this bash was to be the last led by the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce. The chamber gauged Nicolis interest in saving it, as he did for the Tigard Festival of Balloons some years ago. His assessment: ...there isnt enough money to make any money. Shame if it went away, that fireworks show alone was better than most Fourth of July shows. Could be why theres not enough money.Add a comment