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    Cities continue to pass homeless camping ordinances

    Cities continue to pass homeless camping ordinances

    Three years ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that punishing people for sleeping on the street amounts to cruel and unusual punishment if they have no place else to go. That case, Martin v. Boise, and others have since helped to shape the way that cities and municipalities approach homelessness. We’ll hear from Seattle University School of Law Professor Sara Rankin about what the current legal framework is for cities addressing homelessness.

    • 20 min
    Sex trafficking survivors call for changes, more support

    Sex trafficking survivors call for changes, more support

    The Northwest Survivor Alliance was founded by survivors of sex trafficking. Members support each other and advocate for more services to help people deal with the trauma of their abuse. They say law enforcement and the criminal justice system has made some changes in the way they handle those who force children and adults into sex trafficking. But too often victims are still being charged with crimes related to being trafficked, they say, and far more is needed to help them recover and make sure they’re not trafficked again. We hear more from Northwest Survivor Alliance co-founder Jay Benke and one of its members, Robin Miller.

    • 20 min
    New research focuses on resilience of Oregon’s coastal roads and bridges

    New research focuses on resilience of Oregon’s coastal roads and bridges

    Researchers at Oregon State University used computer modeling to assess the resilience of roads and bridges on the Oregon coast and how this critical infrastructure would fare in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. A recently published study focuses on local roads as well as transportation infrastructure like highways that connect communities to each other. The researchers looked at how different factors would impact recovery on the entire coast from Warrenton to Gold Beach. OSU Civil and Construction Engineering Professor Dan Cox was one of the co-authors of the study. He joins us to dig into the details.

    • 9 min
    Why one downtown Portland business is moving to the Lloyd Center

    Why one downtown Portland business is moving to the Lloyd Center

    After 16 years in Old Town, Portland’s Floating World Comics is moving out of the neighborhood. Customers will now need to head to the Lloyd Center to see the comic store’s new location, which is already open. Jason Leivian is the owner of Floating World Comics. He is hopeful his move will inspire other small businesses to open shop in the mall and ultimately create a new community. Leivian joins us to share what prompted his move and what he’s hoping for the future of the Lloyd Center.

    • 18 min
    Bag & Baggage theater company stages bilingual production of ‘The Tempest’ in Spanish and English

    Bag & Baggage theater company stages bilingual production of ‘The Tempest’ in Spanish and English

    Starting this Thursday, the Bag & Baggage theater company in Hillsboro will stage free weekend performances of “The Tempest” in city parks. But in this retelling of William Shakespeare’s comedy, Prospero, the magician and exiled Duke of Milan, speaks Spanish as well as English, primarily with his daughter, Miranda, as the timeless story of treachery, revenge and love unfolds. Yasmin Ruvalcaba is a writer, community arts advocate and the director of “The Tempest.” She and actor Demetri Tostado, who plays Prospero, join us to talk about adding a bilingual dimension to the play, and what effect they think that might have on the audience’s engagement with and appreciation of it.

    Read on-air: Bag & Baggage’s bilingual production of “The Tempest” is free to attend and takes place from Thursday to Sunday at 8pm at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro. Two additional weekend performances, also free of charge, will be held at Griffin Oaks Park and Shute Park in Hillsboro this month.

    • 12 min
    Using ‘green infrastructure’ to promote equity is a key goal for new Oregon forestry manager

    Using ‘green infrastructure’ to promote equity is a key goal for new Oregon forestry manager

    In June, the Oregon Department of Forestry hired Scott Altenhoff to lead its Urban and Community Forestry Assistance program. Previously, Altenhoff worked as an urban forester for the City of Eugene, where he became aware of temperature disparities due to differences in tree cover between economically disadvantaged and affluent neighborhoods. In 2014, he worked with community members to direct city crews to plant more trees in West Eugene and launched annual maintenance cycles for their upkeep. Today, Altenhoff has a new target: school campuses which he says are in dire need of “green infrastructure” to promote health, improve air quality and combat social inequity. Scott Altenhoff joins us to talk about his vision and the key threats facing urban forests, from climate change to invasive species.

    • 19 min

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