Entries by Colleen Glaab

Granny Pods Help Keep Portland Affordable

Earlier this year, Michelle Labra got a notice that the rent on her family’s two-bedroom apartment was doubling, from around $620 a month to more than $1,300. She worried she was being priced out of Portland and would have to move to the suburbs. But Labra, her husband and their two children didn’t get pushed […]

Get in Gear with Portland’s Latest Urban Bike Guide

In a great bike city like Portland, it’s probably inevitable that the cycling guidebook shelf would be well-stocked. Witness titles from Pedal Portland’s “25 easy rides” to local beer writer Lucy Burningham’s Hop in the Saddle and the (now sadly out-of-stock) Portland Radical History Bike Tour. IMAGE: FALCON GUIDES Local writers Ayleen Crotty and Lizann Dunegan aren’t afraid to say it: They […]

The ABC’s of ADU’s

Portland’s relationship with tiny homes? It’s complicated. Here’s how to budget for your ADU—and avoid bureaucratic hell. By Ramona DeNies 9/21/2016 at 2:00pm Published in the Design Annual: Fall 2016 issue of Portland Monthly IMAGE: LEO ZAROSINKSI Mother-in-law studio. Man shack. Rentable pied-à-terre. Granny flat. Whatever one calls the accessory dwelling unit, the twee bungalettes […]

Col. Summers Park Improvement Plans Finalized

Next summer there should be an interesting new water feature in Col. Summers Park  to  replace the existing circular wading pool. The new water feature, known as a “Splash Pad,” has received much attention over the past year from Portland Parks and Recreation in association with the Colonel Summers Task Force and the Buckman Community Association […]

Radon: What to Know

What is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Radon is what is called ionizing radiation emitting very destructive alpha particles. These alpha particles destroy sensitive lung tissue and can damage DNA causing cells to become cancerous. Radon is the second leading cause of […]

WASHINGTON — Home prices in the Northwest continued to climb at a double-digit pace in June compared to a year ago, easily twice the rate for the nation’s 20 largest metro areas. Seattle home prices rose 11 percent, second only to Portland, where prices rose 12.6 percent, according to the Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home […]