Portland brick building owners seek to block quake warning sign ordinance permanently

Elliot Njus/Staff An earthquake warning sign hangs on an unreinforced masonry building in North Portland. The signs aren’t yet required for most buildings under a city ordinance, and a lawsuit aims to keep it that way. Owners of brick buildings hope this week to permanently shut down a Portland city ordinance that would require warning […]

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Opinion: Reversing Oregon’s exclusionary housing policies a shared responsibility

This 1981 photo shows the Irvington neighborhood. By Brandon Narramore Narramore is a 2018 graduate of Portland State University with a master’s in public policy. He lives in Portland. Portland’s housing policy has long been one of exclusion. Racial exclusion was enforced first with deed covenants that prevented people of color from owning property and […]

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Commercial real estate event coming to PSU

Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate will host its 14th annual Real Estate Conference on May 3, at the Stott Center. The conference, dubbed “Transforming CRE Challenges into Opportunities,” will run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and feature keynote speaker Sam Chandan, associate dean of New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Attendees […]

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Tenants in NW Portland protest property management, saying living conditions are poor

Tenants of the Yards Apartments in Northwest Portland protest property management Wednesday, April 10, 2019 saying building conditions have gotten worse. (KATU Photo) PORTLAND, Ore. — Some tenants of an affordable apartment complex in Northwest Portland held a protest Wednesday against what they say is mismanagement of the property. Tenants of the Yards Apartments say […]

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Rent Control Won’t Solve Oregon’s Housing Crisis

Oregon, taking a bold page out of the progressive playbook, recently became the first state to enact mandatory rent control. Unfortunately, the measure does nothing to address the underlying cause of the state’s housing crisis. Even worse, the law is likely to make housing in Oregon even more unaffordable — not only to low-income renters […]

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What Makes Portland’s New Apartments So Expensive?

Robert Cheney outside the Cordelia Apartments in Northwest Portland last year. Photo by Michael Andersen, used with permission. An earlier version of this project was published in March by the Portland Tribune and KGW as part of the Open:Housing journalism collaborative. Everybody in the real estate business wants a piece of Robert Cheney. The recent […]

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