TriMet to hire Portland Patrol Inc. to bolster transit security force

TriMet plans to hire Portland Patrol Inc. to provide up to 50 private security officers to enforce the transit agency’s code on buses and trains. The new “transit peace officers” will not be armed, but they will be empowered to issue warning, citations and exclusions for code violations, including fare evasion. The security officers will be former police officers or military personnel, and they’ll report to the Transit Police Division….

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Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: Fleet ships arrive, and bridges go up – expect delays

Many of Portland’s bridges will need to lift to allow for Fleet Week ships to pass. ( The Rose Festival Fleet pulls into the port at Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park beginning around 3 p.m. Wednesday (times are approximate) and again around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Commuters who use several of Portland’s Willamette River bridges will experience delays as many of them will need to rise for ships to pass…

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One of Portland’s best new restaurants just launched its all-day menu

Canard, the casual resto-bar next door to Portland’s award-winning Le Pigeon, quietly rolled out its all-day hours last week, offering a handful of its dinner dishes alongside classic breakfast options, fresh-baked croissants, raw oysters and a full bar. What does that mean? Well, if you so desire, you could head down to Canard, 734 E. Burnside, at 8 a.m. Monday, settle up at the curved marble bar and down a…

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See what artists did to those old Portland airport benches (photos)

Is your home or office missing a conversation starter? Here’s an idea: Buy a sleek piece of Portland’s past. Furniture makers at PDXoriginals are restoring and updating vintage chrome benches that once relieved weary passengers at the Portland International Airport. Making these functional seats and tables even better: Local designers and artists remade 10 of the airport castoffs to raise money for New Avenues for Youth, a Portland nonprofit helping…

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Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: TriMet elevator improvement program starts tomorrow

Commuters who rely on the elevator at the NE 60th Ave MAX Station will need to find an alternate route for the next 12-14 weeks as TriMet begins a multi-million-dollar project to repair or replace elevators across the metro area. For those who cannot use the stairs, lack of access to platforms due to elevator closures can cause extreme delays. TriMet has set up a special website to help travelers…

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See why Portland’s called the ‘City of Roses’ at Oregon Historical Society exhibit (photos, video)

Roses were once so abundant in Portland that almost a half million of the home-grown flowers filled an auditorium at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. A decade later, the still young, but booming city had 200 miles of rose hedges lining curbs, long before shade-producing trees, wider streets and the desire for easier access to cars made them fade away. An exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society through…

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Wheeler proposes longer timeline for Portland seismic upgrade mandate

The Central Eastside as seen from the Fox Tower in Portland, February 19, 2015. The district contains dozens of earthquake-susceptible unreinforced masonry buildings, a handful of which have been fully or partially upgraded to withstand a major quake. ( Mayor Ted Wheeler wants to give owners of earthquake-prone buildings more time to make costly upgrades. The Portland City Council will consider a resolution next week that calls for seismic retrofits…

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