Opinion: Police bureau isn’t our only tool to fix hate-filled streets

The events of this past weekend require me to make a point I’ve long understood about streets: safety is as much about culture as it is about concrete. If Portland truly stands for streets where everyone can feel safe and welcome, we must do more to defend them against dangerous people — whether the weapon … Read more

Opinion: 16 years after Portland’s ‘urgent’ Freeway Loop study, where has our boldness gone?

The year was 2005, and the tone was urgent. “Clearly, the I-5/405 Freeway Loop needs immediate attention.” “To keep the I-5/405 Freeway Loop viable, planning and design for improvements must begin now.” “We are at a very critical juncture. It’s time to move forward.” The blue ribbon Freeway Loop Advisory Group (FLAG), appointed by former … Read more

A critique of a police statement that blames victim of serious collision

A man is in the hospital with serious injuries following a collision Tuesday night in Clark County. It happened while he was bicycling on a major street in Vancouver about six miles north of Portland. Only 12 hours after it happened the Clark County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that is very troubling. Laced with … Read more