Many already have jobs—not easy ones, either. The refrain of “Get a job!” is as old as poverty and panhandling. But one of the hard truths of homelessness is that many people who qualify as homeless work hard and still … Continue reading Why Don’t Homeless People Just Get Jobs?
What do homeless people say about reports that the men suspected in shocking crimes lived on the street? The two men are among the most notorious criminal suspects in recent Portland history. Jeremy Christian is accused of fatally stabbing two … Continue reading In Aftermath of Notorious MAX Crimes, Portland’s Homeless Fear Reprisals
Some artists engage audiences by bringing the funk and getting booties shaking. Roots pop ensemble Joseph doesn’t do much of that. But during its sold-out show at Crystal Ballroom on April 28, it did something even more amazing: Singing sister … Continue reading Joseph Raise Their Voices—and the Crowd’s—at Crystal Ballroom
In his opening remarks this morning, Mayor Ted Wheeler hit the bright themes of TechFestNW 2017: success, growth and opportunity. Portland’s tech industry employs 10,500 people, he noted. During her chat with Arizona State University’s G. Pascal Zachary, New York … Continue reading New York Times Cybersecurity Reporter: United States Has Few Defenses Against Damaging Hacks
At Portland Center Stage, during a positioning-focused tech rehearsal for its upcoming Wild and Reckless theater production, Blitzen Trapper guitarist Erik Menteer starts gyrating his hips. His whammy bar squeaks as it dangles and bounces. During any of Blitzen Trapper’s … Continue reading Blitzen Trapper Connects Rock ‘N’ Roll With Theater
A record label headquartered on Northeast Portland’s Alberta Street has been declared a racist organization by the nation’s leading watchdog of white-supremacist and hate groups. On Feb. 15, the Southern Poverty Law Center listed Soleilmoon Recordings among 25 new hate … Continue reading Portland Record Label Lands on Hate-Group Registry
At the Crystal Ballroom on Feb. 6, Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike and El-P delivered an early contender for concert of the year, marching through an indefatigable 70-minute set in delirious lockstep with a riveted Crystal Ballroom crowd. Yeah. It … Continue reading Run the Jewels Deliver an Early Concert of the Year Contender at Crystal Ballroom
Portland might soon be getting a new large-scale music venue. Documents show that homegrown entertainment company Monqui Presents is seeking to build a 3,000-capacity concert venue where a couple of aging warehouses sit in industrially-zoned Northwest Portland, across the street from Montgomery Park. … Continue reading Portland could be getting a major new music venue
By Thacher Schmid The turning point of the sold-out Shy Girls show at Doug Fir Lounge on Jan. 25 came during the start of the next-to-last song, “What If I Can.” “This is one of my favorite songs on the … Continue reading Shy Girls’ Minimalist Electro R&B Silences Chatty Doug Fir
Owners of a North Portland Low-Income Apartment Complex Are Kicking Out the Backyard Chickens Residents say saving the chickens is a way of preserving a sense of home, a connection to nature and a cheap, healthy food source. The effects … Continue reading Bye Bye Birdies
On July 15, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales gave an eviction notice to the largest homeless camp in the Pacific Northwest. The mayor announced that, starting Aug. 1, Portland police would sweep homeless people living along the Springwater Corridor bike trail. … Continue reading Some Homeless Campers Have Lived Along the Springwater Corridor for a Decade
Willamette Week just put a story on their website which grew from my first blog post on Poor for a Minute. I cowrote the WW story with Rachel Monahan; it says the Springwater homeless camps may now be the largest … Continue reading Springwater camps may be the largest in the U.S.
The Portland Police Bureau has a problem with excessive use of force, but the women who serve as officers aren’t to blame. Across the board, female officers account for a far smaller share of the use of force by Portland … Continue reading Gender Rap: Women in Portland Police use excessive force far less than men
Signs Of Discontent Billboard wordplay has caught the Blazers off guard and angered some feminists. BY THACHER SCHMID | 503-243-2122 [December 8th, 2010] It takes a second glance to realize that some billboards in the city that’s home to the Trail Blazers aren’t a typo. The capital letters, several feet tall and a dozen wide, spell the words “TAIL BLAZERS” and are nestled between the faces of actors Charlie Sheen and Neil Patrick Harris. They’re plastered on at least three billboards and one MAX light-rail train as part of a NW32/KRCW ad campaign to pitch two TV series, Sheen’s Two … Continue reading Signs of Discontent