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Earthquake Kits Selling Like Hotcakes After Terrifying New Yorker Story

It’s been more than a week since The New Yorker published a story called The Really Big One, describing how much of the Pacific Northwest will be destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami and scaring the crap out of Americans nationwide. Now, emergency kits are “flying off the shelves.” »7/24/15 9:54am7/24/15 9:54am

Allow These Tiny House Fanatics To Explain Why They Love Living Small 

While the film Tiny was supposedly about tiny house living, it was mainly focused on a guy trying to get his tiny house built—we didn’t hear much about everyday tiny house life. A new documentary features tiny house people who have been at it for awhile—and we find out what happens when tiny house people stop being… »5/06/15 4:20pm5/06/15 4:20pm

No Cars Will Be Allowed on This Stately New Bridge in Portland

It was 1973 the last time a new bridge opened over Portland's Willamette River: a double-decker span with eight lanes of freeway. Times have changed. When the Tilikum Crossing Bridge opens later this year, it will be one of the few in the U.S. that's purpose-built for transit, bikes and pedestrians—no cars allowed. »3/18/15 7:40pm3/18/15 7:40pm

Hipsters, Hipsters, and Hipsters: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Maybe it's the time of year. Maybe it's the weather? But people are extra cranky this week about fixie bikes and craft brews invading their cities. There's a definite anti-hipster vibe in the air, and it's global, from Portland, to Los Angeles, to London, to Iceland. What's Ruining Our Cities? HIPSTERS. »9/21/14 2:00pm9/21/14 2:00pm

Can Portland Fix a Building That Pretty Much Everyone Despises?

It's basically a Portlandia sketch: What if a city held a rally to save a building in trouble and no one came? As part of our series Preservation Battle, we look at significant structures at a crossroads, and today we're examining Portland, Oregon's very-endangered—yet almost-universally-hated—Portland Building. »1/31/14 1:40pm1/31/14 1:40pm

The Ace Hotel's Founder Left Behind a Legacy of Building Neighborhoods

Last Friday, Ace Hotel founder Alex Calderwood was found dead in London, where the chain had just opened its fifth location. He's being remembered today as a design visionary, the leader of a cultural phenomenon. But his role was also that of a city-builder, reaching far outside hotel walls to build community and… »11/18/13 4:20pm11/18/13 4:20pm