Portland Metro Area

Portland Metro Area
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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The commercial conundrum
High Five
Monday, March 22, 2010

With Oregon unemployment still above 10%, commercial real estate suffers in the Portland metro area.

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Nike profits leap ahead
High Five
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nike sees its profits double in the third quarter in addition to improving demand.

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Port payoffs in question
High Five
Thursday, March 18, 2010

The economy is raising questions over the payoff for the Port of Portland's costly projects.

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