June 5, 1999 |
In a blow to AT&T and other large cable TV companies seeking to dominate high-speed Internet services, a federal judge on Friday ruled that those firms cannot prevent America Online and other Internet providers from offering services over cable lines. The ruling, which applies only to the Portland, Ore., area, is the first to uphold the hotly debated right of local governments to require cable companies to allow access to Internet competitors.
June 23, 1996 |
Could it be that we're too late? Here we are rolling in from the airport, just in time, we figure, to see the flowering of America's next Great Place, the emergence of Portland as the city that's cooler, greener, smaller and cheaper than the last Great Place, which I believe was somewhere north of here, on the coast. Portland, we understand, is nourished by coffee, beer and books, neighbored by forest and rivers, a damp promised land.
September 25, 1995 |
Oregon is, as the local Film and Video Office likes to remind people, halfway between Hollywood and Vancouver, B.C., and halfway between the Silicon Valley and Seattle--which, unfortunately, means it tends to get passed over. But on a balmy Thursday night, a cruise boat floats languorously down the Willamette River, loaded with talent from the worlds of film, TV, multimedia, video gaming, advertising and computers.
February 4, 1994 |
What don't we have on Tonya Harding? How about perspective, for one thing.
January 28, 1994 |
What is a hometown to do with Tonya Harding? Never has it been easy or particularly warm, this relationship between the hotheaded, gritty ice skater and the cool, placid Northwest. And today . . . well, today Portlanders are bug-eyed at what has swept over their community, and a good many are asking: When is enough too much?
August 12, 1993 |
Fed by liberal court interpretations of the state constitution, the mild-mannered city of Portland, Ore., now has more nude dancing bars per capita than any other U.S. city, local police say. The bars, along with adult video stores and topless shoeshine emporiums, are overflowing traditional downtown locations into neighborhood commercial strips, where they can be found near libraries and homes.
June 15, 1992 |
Considering all the concern about the decline of reading and the too-easy urgency of electronics, who can explain, please, how it is that great bookstores survive today at the threshold of the 21st Century? Better, who can explain Portland, the Mr. Medium of U.S. cities, and how a contender for America's greatest bookstore not only survives here, but thrives? Certainly not Michael Powell, proprietor of Portland's transcendent Powell's Books. "Buy two, sell one?" he jokes, weakly.
April 18, 1991 |
Two years ago, this easygoing, proud-of-being-tolerant city suffered a blight on its reputation when a gang of white youths killed a black man with a baseball bat. Now, Portland is experimenting with ways of teaching its children not to hate. The effort--which the City Council will be asked next week to expand--involves pupils from four economically and ethnically mixed middle schools. The youngsters are given a taste of how it feels to be discriminated against.