Today’s Solutions: May 30, 2024

Is the era of single family ho

Is the era of single family home zoning over? Portland says yes.

For generations, the white picket fence has been a symbol of residential America, but as housing prices rise and cities expand unsustainably, many communities are becoming disillusioned with the classic single-family home. With zoning laws favoring these types of residences, making housing more Read More...

Meet Caesar, the therapy llama

Meet Caesar, the therapy llama calming tensions at protests

Portland has been in the headlines a lot lately after waves of protests led to clashes between police and activists. But even amongst the intensity of the unrest, there were pockets of calm around “Caesar the No Drama Llama." Caesar is a retired 6-year-old Argentine grand champion show llama Read More...

A wave of online orders allowe

A wave of online orders allowed Powell’s Books to rehire 100 employees

The famous Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon is a book lover’s dream and local institution. In the face of COVID-19, the store was forced to close its doors and lay off 300 employees, but now, thanks to a wave of online orders, they have hired back 100 staff members. The rehiring process Read More...

These US cities are overcoming

These US cities are overcoming barriers to clean energy with creative solutions

In the face of inadequate federal action on climate change, cities across the United States are taking matters into their own hands to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize local energy systems. But city staff face many hurdles when attempting to transition to renewable energy quickly, so Read More...

Cities are turning alleys into

Cities are turning alleys into green spaces to help people reconnect with nature

From Montreal to Portland, cities across North America are starting to rethink all that cement that’s used to pave the streets. Alleys and alley sides, in particular, are being effectively imagined as people-friendly pathways, parks, and lushly planted urban habitats that stand in stark contrast Read More...

People love scooters and they&

People love scooters and they're replacing car trips says survey

“The results suggest scooters are a popular new transit option for Portlanders and visitors alike,” reads a statement released today by the Portland Bureau of Transportation based on a survey of scooter users. 4,500 people responded to the questionnaire which asked 75,000 people about riding Read More...