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No Cars Will Be Allowed On This Stately New Bridge

It was 1973 the last time a new bridge opened over Portland’s Willamette River: a double-decker span with eight lanes of freeway. Times have changed. When the Tilikum Crossing Bridge opens later this year, it will be one of the few in the US that’s purpose-built for transit, bikes and pedestrians — no cars allowed.


How The Portland Airport Carpet Became A Hipster Icon

I’ve never been to Portland, but I’ve seen the airport’s carpet a million times. If you asked me to draw a picture of the delightfully geometric 80s design, I could probably do it with my eyes closed. How, you wonder? Hipsters. That’s how.


The US State Of Oregon Was Founded As A Racist Utopia

When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there. It was illegal for black people even to move to the state until 1926. Oregon’s founding is part of the forgotten history of racism in the American west.


Why A Fitness-Tracking App Is Selling Its Data To City Planners

Strava, a popular fitness-tracking app for runners and cyclists, just announced a new initiative. Because the app collects so much location information about people on the move, the company is now selling its data to local governments, where city planners can put it to use. Good idea!


Work On Google's Mysterious Barge Mysteriously Halts

Following scrutiny from the US Coast Guard and an investigation by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, work on Google’s mysterious docked barge has stopped.


Ace Hotel's Founder Left Behind Legacy Of Building Neighbourhoods

Last Friday, Ace Hotel founder Alex Calderwood was found dead in London, where the chain had just opened its fifth location. He’s being remembered today as a design visionary, the leader of a cultural phenomenon. But his role was also that of a city-builder, reaching far outside hotel walls to build community and instil a sense of place in each neighbourhood he touched.


The Best US Cities For People 35 And Under (Based On What They Like)

While there are thousands of “best places to live” lists, hardly any of them focus on the world’s most important population segment: Americans under 35. The Livability Index, compiled by Vocativ, a new Vice-esque site, measures cities in the only ways that really matter: from the percentage of young people, to the number of vintage shops, to the cost of an ounce of high-quality weed.


Google Finally Acknowledges Mystery Barges, Encourages More Mystery

After two weeks of free press, Google finally confirmed the existence of its so-called “mystery barges” parked near San Francisco and Portland, Maine (and who knows where else). That doesn’t mean it has explained what’s inside, however.


What Do You Think Is On The Google Barge?

For almost a week now, the internet’s been trawling the depths of its imagination trying to figure out what the heck Google is doing building barges. Obscure patent documents suggest they’re floating data centres. Local reporters think they’re clandestine Google Glass stores. But nobody really has a clue.


A Close-Up Look At The Google Mystery Barge

The Google mystery barges docked near San Francisco and Portland, Maine are getting even more mysterious. We’ve seen the barge and heard the arguments about what’s inside. But news that the search giant is making government officials keep their mouths shut about them — that takes it to the next level.