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A 7-Eleven in Portland is using high-pitched buzzing to keep homeless people away from the store

Portland noise control officer Paul van Orden said the city has received multiple complaints about the noise blasting from the 7-Eleven's speakers.

Lime, Bird, and other scooter companies just proved they can help take cars off the road

The findings showed more than a third of users replaced car trips with scooters. That’s good news for companies that want to keep expanding.

A Portland hotel fired 2 employees after they called the police on a black guest

An Oregon hotel says it fired two employees who called police on a black guest, after spotting him in the lobby and demanding to know his room number.
Jermaine Massey, left, and the DoubleTree security guard, right

A hotel in Portland called the police on a black guest who was taking a phone call in the lobby

Jermaine Massey, 34, has police called on him at a DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, Oregon.
In the past September, rents declined on an annual basis in more than half of the nation's 35 largest markets, the first time in six years, according to data from Zillow.

Rents are falling the fastest in these 11 cities

Renting is getting less expensive for people living in the US's largest metropolitan areas. In September, rents declined on an annual basis in more than half of the nation's 35 largest markets, according to data from Zillow.
Sometimes, less is more.

A Portland design firm purposely skipped office Ping-Pong tables and video games to get more employees to leave work on time

Perks in the workplace often include flashy freebies, like catered meals or video games. But Portland design firm Work & Co has deliberately nixed those, in order to encourage its employees to achieve a better work-life balance.

Oregon just became the first state to legalize mass timber high-rises, and it could lead to a boom in tall wood buildings

In August, Oregon became the first state to legalize mass timber high-rises. Many timber projects are pushing for approval and funding around North America — take a look at some of the most prominent ones.
Seattle may be cheaper, but not more welcoming, according to some Bay Area transplants.

Bay Area expats who flee to Washington and Oregon are apparently being welcomed with ‘California sucks’ graffiti and threats of violence

Californians who move to Seattle and Portland are facing backlash from locals, reports SF Gate. Residents are seemingly threatened by a "Californiacation" of the Pacific Northwest, in which home prices surge and traffic worsens, among other things.
An artistic rendering of a Dweller home.

A startup is building $125,000 backyard ‘granny flats’ that can be constructed in less than a month

A new Portland, Oregon-based startup, called Dweller, designs and builds affordable tiny homes that reside in backyards. The idea is that aging parents can have independence and the option to live near their adult children.

13 places to travel in July for every type of traveler

Summer is peak travel season for Americans, and you're probably already thinking about the best places to visit in July. The best July destinations include tropical getaways, natural wonders, and America's oldest Independence Day celebration.