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Ride out the Portland summer with Pedalpalooza

A triangle pennant with a drawing of people and bikes, and the words Pedalpalooza Bike Summer in red.
The free bike fun begins tomorrow. Image: Courtesy of Pedalpalooza

Portland's summer-long bike extravaganza Pedalpalooza launches Thursday, with free, creative themed rides open to everyone.

Why it matters: It came to town as a traveling one-off festival more than two decades ago, and a collection of passionate Portlanders made it into three months of celebration and community.

Meira Gebel
10 hours ago - Development

Downtown Portland awaits Ritz-Carlton's summer opening

An image of the Ritz Carlton skyscraper in downtown Portland.

The new Ritz-Carlton will be one of Portland's tallest buildings. Photo: Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Portland

The $600 million Ritz-Carlton at 900 SW Washington St. was slated to be partly open this month, and though that has not happened, the developers are sticking with their late-summer schedule for completion.

Why it matters: Developer Walt Bowen is betting big on the return of our once-bustling downtown, while city officials are hoping to use the new luxury landmark to lure Portlanders of all kinds — not just the top 1% — back to the city's center.

Emily Harris
10 hours ago - Education

Oregon bill would pay staff to walk kids to school

Children run across a four lane road in a crosswalk.
Elementary school students cross SE 82nd. Photo: Emily Harris/Axios

With the national shortage of school bus drivers hitting locally, a bill in the Oregon Legislature would reimburse school districts for the cost of staff members being paid to walk kids to school.

Why it matters: Portland is built around a system of neighborhood schools, but in some neighborhoods elementary school students who walk or bike alone have to navigate busy streets without safe crossings.

Best Day Ever: Clown prince Angel Ocasio

A clown wearing a red nose, black top hat, white glove and a purple jacket smiles from a float in a parade.

Portland's clown prince on parade. Photo: Courtesy of Angel Ocasio

Right now is the best time of year to spot Angel Ocasio. Although his formal title is Rose Festival artistic director, he's better known as the festival's clown prince.

His best Portland day is always Rose Festival opening day. In his words:

  • I start the day early, being interviewed about the Rose Festival and what we have in store for the upcoming three weeks.
Meira Gebel
May 30, 2023 - Health

Fentanyl overdoses surge in Portland

Illustration of fentanyl pills forming an up arrow.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

A string of fentanyl-related overdoses in recent weeks has drawn attention to the drug's growing presence in Portland.

Why it matters: Illicitly manufactured fentanyl has fueled a significant increase in overdoses since 2019, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

Three off-the-beaten-track trails near Portland

A conical snow-capped mountain with a mix of forest and clearcuts in the foreground.

Mount Hood from the top of Table Rock in Clackamas County. Photo: Emily Harris/Axios

The Columbia River Gorge is certainly gorgeous, and Mount Hood is fantastic, but as we're heading into summer, popular trails can get really crowded. Here are three beautiful hiking spots elsewhere to explore.

Emily Harris
May 30, 2023 - Business

Nike's reputation bounces back

A person holds a lime green Nike show with an orange swoosh and laces.

Swoosh shopping. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Nike scored a "very good" in this year's Axios Harris Poll ranking of corporate reputations, moving up significantly and landing in the top 25 of 100 highly visible brands.

Why it matters: Among all the companies, Nike made the biggest positive change in rank compared to last year, climbing 35 places from No. 56 and a "good" rating to No. 21 overall.

Meira Gebel
May 26, 2023 - Development

Portland's fifth tiny home shelter site opens

A photo of seven tiny homes part of Portland's Safe Rest Villages program.

A section of the new Safe Rest Villages site in St. Johns. Photo: Meira Gebel/Axios

On Wednesday, Axios toured the newest Safe Rest Villages site — Peninsula Crossing in St. Johns, right off North Macrum Avenue.

Why it matters: This is the fifth tiny home shelter site to open in Portland, and based on Multnomah County data, the program has shown early success in moving people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing.