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  • The street hierarchy

    The street hierarchy

    Aaron Gilbreath mulls the very large difference between being a pedestrian in ultra-cool Portland, Ore., and in sprawling Phoenix, Ariz.

  • A celebration of Cascadia: A review of Open Spaces: Voices from the Northwest

    A celebration of Cascadia: A review of Open Spaces: Voices from the Northwest

    Open Spaces: Voices from the Northwest doesn't quite work as an anthology, but it features some intimate and thoughtful writing about the Pacific Northwest.

  • A family of criminals and killers

    In All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families, Rene Denfeld tells the disturbing story of Portland’s teen runaways, charting the path that took one of them, Danielle Marie Cox, from honor student to convicted murderer.

  • A mountain lifts a heavy heart

    An emotionally wounded writer is cheered by a visit to Mount St. Helens, even though heavy clouds obscured the volcano

  • Portland Promenade

    Portland Promenade

    People on the streets of Oregon's pedestrian-friendly city talk about why they leave their cars at home (or have no cars).

  • Why the West should copy Swiss transit

    The contrast between a Mount Hood traffic jam and a week in a car-free Swiss resort convinces Bill Cook that the West needs to get serious about mass transit.

  • Empty pods and pleasant graveyards

    In today’s surrealistic world, where language exists only to sell things, barren desert suburbs have names like "Lake Forest" and "WillowDale," while a graveyard is called "Pleasant Valley Cemetery."

  • Why do we keep driving ourselves crazy?

    The contrast between a Mount Hood traffic jam and a week in a car-free Swiss resort convinces Bill Cook that the West needs to get serious about mass transit.

  • Urban planners look to farmland to feed industrial growth

    Portland, Ore., is bursting at the seams, and urban planners are starting to covet the Willamette Valley’s farmland

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