Entries by Colleen Glaab

Earthquake Retrofit

Earthquake damage to older homes​ Homes built before 1974, when Oregon adopted its first statewide buildin g code, will suffer the worst damage in a serious earthquake.  Constructed to specific seismic standards, homes built after 1993 are the most likely to withstand earthquakes.  Earthquake forces can affect your home in three ways. The house may slide […]


The City of Portland Home Energy Score ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2018, requiring sellers of single-family homes to disclose a Home Energy Report and Score at time of listing. Portland City Council unanimously adopted the policy (Portland City Code Chapter 17.108) in December 2016. In advance of the policy taking effect, the City […]

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 […]