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The Battle For Fair Rent — What You Need To Know About Question 1

The Battle For Fair Rent — What You Need To Know About Question 1

It's no secret that Portland is changing — and fast. Tons of development money is pouring in, and with it, a different class of people who can afford higher rents, a process that has accelerated the displacement of long-term residents and exacerbated the housing crunch in the city. On November 7, Portlanders will vote on Question 1, the ordinance proposed by the upstart citizens' group Fair Rent Portland, which aims to cap the rate of rental...

15-10-2017 Hits:1169 Features Francis Flisiuk

Columns

Land Use: Coming to a Ballot Near You

You can’t fight City Hall, but you can make up a ballot referendum to throw a wrench into its works. That is the past, present and likely future history of how citizens deal with land use policies that that they do not like. Residents might remember public votes on ordinances concerning Congress Square Park and the views from Munjoy Hill. This time around, residents will be voting on a contentious rent-regulation amendment (Question #1) and an... Read more

16-10-2017 Hits:208 Urban Conditional Zack Barowitz

News

Spose makes entire album in one day

Spose makes entire album in one day

Hot off the heels of well-received full-length album Good Luck With Your Life released last spring, Wells rapper Spose set out to accomplish a milestone as impressive as it is absurd. With the help of dozens of esteemed Maine musicians, Spose wrote and recorded a full-length album in one day. Titled Humans and recorded by Jonathan Wyman at The Halo Studio, the album features contributes from several artists in the Maine rap scene, including Cam Groves, Sarah Violette, DJ Rew... Read more

18-10-2017 Hits:48 News Phoenix Staff

Arts

8 Days a Week: The Undead, The Timeless, and the Stone Aged

8 Days a Week: The Undead, The Timeless, and the Stone Aged

THURSDAY 19 HUMBLE BOWS | Some say the world has already been built, that its great artists have already sung their songs, its coliseums hosted their finest battles, and that we're just here to interpret and rearrange the existing cultural vocabulary into affinity groups. That's horseshit, of course. But the tradition of singing tributes to the world's favorite artists is unflappable, in Portland as it is anywhere, and tonight, several noteworthy Portland musicians and singers abandon their original... Read more

17-10-17 Hits:239 8 Days A Week Nick Schroeder

Food & Drink

Liquid Gold — Lemon beers to treasure

Liquid Gold — Lemon beers to treasure

I'm still sipping beers that use fruits, berries and other adjuncts to achieve unusual flavors. This week, we'll try a few beers that incorporate the most familiar of the citrus fruits – the lemon! Much of the characteristic flavor of the lemon is due to the citric acid it contains, giving it a sour, biting flavor. Lemons also contain a significant quantity of vitamin C, and the peels are rich... Read more

17-10-2017 Hits:124 Drink Seth Levy

Music

Setting the bar low (and leaping) — TheWorst drops trashy, e…

Setting the bar low (and leaping) — TheWorst drops trashy, exhilarating 'Jane Doe Embryo'

It’s no slight to the three musicians of Portland rock band TheWorst, each totally capable and believably spirited with decades-long CVs making independent music, but we live in an era where stripped-down, mid-tempo fuzzed-out grungepunk holds very little purchase. (The name they’ve chosen suggests they understand this.) In 2017, it's a musical style as poached-in-history as Sinatra standards were when these musicians were young. Honestly, this makes their debut even more interesting. Whatever kind of music... Read more

17-10-2017 Hits:799 Album Reviews Nick Schroeder

Outdoors & Sports

To Skate or Watch Them Skate: That Is the Question

To Skate or Watch Them Skate: That Is the Question

National Book award-nominated American poet Gail Mazur wrote these words about ice skating, describing a girl on a frozen river with her father: “... they glide arm in arm onto the blurred surface together, braced like dancers. She thinks she’ll never be so happy, for who else will find her graceful, find her perfect, skate with her in circles outside the emptied rink forever?” In the poem, “Ice,” the girl... Read more

10-10-2017 Hits:277 Sports Gabe Gregoire

Kids & Pets

Under the Sea, or Beside It?

Under the Sea, or Beside It?

It can be quite a production to get your kid(s) all geared up, in the car, into your chosen venue, and on their butts in their seats, all to show them a bit of theater, film, or dance that you are sure will open up a whole new area in their brains, specifically the appreciation-that-leads-to-cultured-adulthood part. But then, as you’re watching their reactions to the art on stage out of... Read more

09-10-2017 Hits:159 Kids Gabe Gregoire