Portland Metro Area

Portland Metro Area
Facelift for an icon
High Five
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Portland's "Made in Oregon" sign will change under new ownership by the city.

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Coliseum plans brew
High Five
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Portland mayor says renegotiating the Memorial Coliseum's operating agreement can wait.

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Burnside plans scale back
High Five
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The latest development plans for the Burnside Bridgehead area take a smaller approach.

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Downturn hurts OMSI
High Five
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The recession puts OMSI's $500 million development and expansion plans on hold.

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Editor's Notes: Getting Google's attention
Robin Doussard
Monday, March 22, 2010

Mayors across the country have been throwing themselves in icy waters and shark tanks and renaming their cities, children and ice cream after Google, all in the hopes of getting a free super high-speed broadband network. Portland over the weekend staged a game of Telephone.

This really can’t compete with babies named Google Fiber, though it does have its charms in a PDX geeky kind of way (it was dubbed “Woo the Goog”). The city hoped it would be the world's longest game of Telephone, where a sentence is whispered from one player to the next until the end, when the beginning and ending phrases are compared. Alas, it was nowhere near the crowd needed to break the 2004 record of 614 people. (Official crowd estimates are still to be released, but one early attendee said maybe 50 were there at the start.) At the Saturday event, the first Telephone sentence uttered was: "PDX has the brains and nerve to welcome Google high speed.” The last one, received by an 8-year-old (and who better, I say): "The Internet place is really great."

Who can argue with that, Mr. Google?

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