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Wheels turning

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Articles - October 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

1012 WheelsTurning 01Portland's longtime zest for going carless has helped boost the car-sharing industry...and there's still room to grow.

 

Fish story

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Articles - October 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

1012 FishStory 01Businessman and environmentalist Duncan Berry began with the question of how to keep local seafood in Oregon. His answer was Fishpeople.

 

 

Market growth

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Articles - October 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

1012 Dispatches GrocersTwo trends currently dominate the supermarket industry: concerns about price and locally grown, locally procured food.

 

Building bridges

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Articles - October 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

1012 ByTheNumbers StateBridgesDrive, pedal or stroll through Portland and it’s easy to see the City of Roses is also a city of bridges.

 

Lawn-chair balloonist's day job

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Articles - October 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

1012 GamePlan CustomerServiceKent Couch’s aerial exploits have been chronicled for the world to dissect and ponder. Known as the lawn-chair balloonist, Couch has pursued for the past decade an esoteric hobby. He attaches huge helium-filled balloons to a Bi-Mart lawn chair and ascends into the stratosphere to see where the winds will carry him.

 

Shoe company runs minimalist race

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Articles - October 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

1012 GamePlan SkoraThe highest hurdle facing Portland minimalist running shoe company SKORA since it officially brought its first two models to market in February hasn’t been convincing runners of the potential of the new shoes. Instead, it’s been one of simple recognition among retailers in a field dominated by big guns like Vibram FiveFingers and the Nike Free Run.

 

Live, work, play: Gale Castillo

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Articles - October 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

1012 LiveWorkPlay GaleCastilloGale Castillo, President of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, balances life, work and play.

 
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