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Outsiders may think of Portland as its caricature on the comedy series "Portlandia," and picture great coffee, upscale restaurants, and a downtown boom.
But underneath that, Portland's wrestling with something many cities face when they grow: How to remain affordable.
The S&P/Case-Schiller Portland Home Price Index.
What's different in Portland, compared to the rest of the United States, is the law. Oregon is one of two states that doesn't require developers to set aside affordable housing when they build.
In the past, housing argued against proposed laws to include affordable housing requirements.
Jon Chandler, the CEO of the Oregon Homebuilder's Association, spoke recently with The Oregonian, a newspaper based in the area.
He didn't think politicians were invested in changing the law, "They're very serious about being seen fixing it, but they don't get serious about actually doing it."
There's another view in Portland, which is 76 percent white, that much of this is about race.
"Even now you're looking at that 'Portlandia' image, about how I'm a sober cycling vegan," says community activist Cameron Whitten. "There is that image that people come here for ... and at the same time, I've seen erasure. I've seen actual invisibility and silence of these communities that have been marginalized. That have identities that have not been celebrated in the same way that we've celebrated all these other things about Portland."
About two years ago Kyle Hill sold his car. For anything over 3–5 miles away, he calls an Uber.
He lives car-less in Los Angeles, the city of cars. Is his decision really feasible?
Kyle did some calculations and came up with "A Financial Model Comparing Car Ownership with UberX (Los Angeles)."
About two years ago I sold my 2000 Lexus GS 300 and replaced it with a sleek single-speed Pure Fix commuter bike. Two years later, I still bike to work every morning. And for anything over 3–5 miles, or when I’m just not feeling up for the workout, I call an Uber. I love the safety and convenience of Uber, the overall quality of their cars, and especially as a young black male, the peace of mind that I’ll never again have to deal with the police.
He says he is seeking treatment for a tumor in his abdomen. His brother Doug Ford will run in his place. Earlier this year, Rob Ford took time off from his job to seek help for substance abuse.
Lizzie O’Leary talks with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson about the future of start-ups. Ben was in San Francisco this week at an annual event called TechCrunch Disrupt. It's part-Silicon Valley mogul party, part-start-up popularity contest, but it's also an event where venture capitalists and others get a sense of the future of start-ups ... and maybe invest.
Ben and the rest of the Marketplace Tech team will be highlighting what stood out from TechCrunch Disrupt over on their website throughout this week.
Apple wants to change the way you pay for things. Credit card companies are embracing its new mobile payment system as a boost to security, but analysts say Apple could disrupt the payments industry.
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Prices for dairy products like butter and milk have risen to record highs in the past few months in the U.S. due to a number of global factors, reports the BBC.
Prices for milk futures on the commodities markets have risen 26 percent over the last year, while the average price for a gallon of milk has risen about 5.7 percent to $3.64 in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The price of butter has also risen sharply, with U.S. customers seeing a 62 percent increase compared to last year, with an average price of $2.75 per pound for the second week of September.
The report from the BBC cites a number of possible reasons for the price increases, including a decrease in government regulation that depleted surpluses, greater demand from China, a drought affecting New Zealand's dairy farms and greater demand for pizza in the Middle East.
There may be some relief on the horizon, however, in the form of Russian sanctions. From the BBC:
In August, Russia implemented a one-year import ban on dairy and other food products from the European Union, US and other Western nations in retaliation for economic sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.
That removed an estimated $6.6bn (£4bn) in annual dairy trade from the global market. In 2013, the EU alone exported $3bn of dairy to Russia, of which cheese accounted for more than one-third.
In response, the European Commission has announced it will provide financial support to the dairy industry, subsidising private storage of cheese, skimmed milk powder and butter until they can be sold at a later date.
The glut of dairy products has weakened the international market and caused prices in Europe to drop.
U.S. dairy consumers could see similar relief in 2015, when suppliers start to build up surpluses once again.
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U.S. Senators, as one might surmise, rarely pass up an opportunity to tout their home states – what businesses are based there, what products are made there – and that trait is on display in an unusual place. It's at a spot in the back of the Senate chamber, known as the “candy desk.”
The history of the U.S. Senate’s candy desk goes back to 1965. Donald Ritchie, the head of the Senate Historical Office, says Sen. George Murphy (R-CA), “an old song-and-dance man,” had a sweet tooth.
“Sen. Murphy filled his desk drawer with candies, which he dipped into,” Ritchie says. “And then he invited his colleagues to stop whenever they wanted to.”
Murphy lost his seat in 1970, but the tradition continued. The desk, which is right by the main door to the Senate chamber, currently belongs to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL). “You have a chance to sell your state’s products there,” he says. “Or talk about stuff.”
Today, it is chock full of candies manufactured in the Land of Lincoln. For Kirk, a fan of Chicago’s Ferrara Candy Company, it’s personal.
“They offered me all of the desks on the Republican side, and I wanted to make sure that those bastards in Hershey, Penn., couldn’t get the candy desk,” he says, laughing.
Kirk is referring, of course, to the Hershey Candy Company, which had a monopoly on senators’ sweets for years. The desk used to belong to Rick Santorum, and the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania filled it with Kit Kats and Kisses.
I asked all 100 senators to name their favorite candies, and they all seem partial to what is manufactured back home. New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen likes dark chocolate salted caramels from Granite State Candy, for instance. Georgia’s Jonny Isakson likes Snickers, which include, he points out, Georgia peanuts.
The desk has suited some senators better than others. George Voinovich represented Ohio, a state not known for its confections. So, his tenure at the candy desk didn’t last long. “I think it was one year,” he recalls. “That was enough.”
George LeMieux used to sit at the desk. “I used to joke that it was an unfunded mandate that I had to provide candy for the rest of my senators,” he says. “But I was happy to do so.”
Kirk, the man currently charged with filling the candy desk’s drawers, likes Jelly Belly-brand jelly beans, and there are plenty of those in the candy desk, but he also stocks it with baby aspirin. He had a stroke in 2012, and a small daily dose of the pain killer, he tells his colleagues and constituents, can prevent strokes and heart attacks.
While this means there is less room for Illinois candy, Kirk is able to draw attention to another constituent: the company that makes the aspirin is based outside of Chicago.
The preferred candies of your elected officials
They may not be in charge of the candy desk, but we wanted to know anyway: What are your senator's favorite sweets? Below, a yearbook of the candies that melt hearts and minds:Tammy Baldwin
D-WisconsinGhiradelli Intense Dark 72% Cacao Twilight Delight Singles Richard Blumenthal
D-ConnecticutWint-O-Green Life Savers Roy Blunt
R-MissouriNo comment John Boozman
R-ArkansasJelly Belly jelly beans Sherrod Brown
D-OhioMilky Way Ben Cardin
D-MarylandGoetze's Original Vanilla Caramel Creams Tom Carper
D-DelawareYork Peppermint Pattie Bob Casey
D-PennsylvaniaHershey's Milk Chocolate Bars Tom Coburn
R-OklahomaHot Tamales Thad Cochran
R-MississippiChocolate covered peanuts Susan Collins
R-MaineMaine maple sugar candy Mike Crapo
R-IdahoSnickers Dick Durbin
D-IllinoisDark Chocolate Snickers Mike Enzi
R-WyomingBig Hunk Dianne Feinstein
D-CaliforniaSee's Candies Dark Chocolate Jeff Flake
R-Arizona3 Musketeers Kirsten Gillibrand
D-New YorkNo candy Tom Harkin
D-IowaBrach's Hard Candy Orrin Hatch
R-UtahJelly beans Martin Heinrich
D-New MexicoDark chocolate with sea salt Dean Heller
R-NevadaCinnamon bears Mazie Hirono
D-HawaiiSnickers John Hoeven
R-North DakotaLife Savers Gummies Johnny Isakson
R-GeorgiaSnickers Ron Johnson
R-WisconsinMilky Way Tim Johnson
D-South DakotaChocolate Tim Kaine
D-VirginiaNo candy, Dr. Pepper Angus King
I-MainePeppermint Mark Kirk
R-IllinoisJelly Belly jelly beans Mary Landrieu
D-LouisianaSnickers Patrick Leahy
D-VermontAnything chocolate Mike Lee
R-UtahJelly beans Joe Manchin
D-West VirginiaPeanuts Ed Markey
D-MassachusettsMilky Way Dark Mitch McConnell
R-KentuckyNo candy Robert Menendez
D-New JerseyDark Chocolate M&M's Barbara Mikulski
D-MarylandNo candy Jerry Moran
R-KansasPeanut M&M's Chris Murphy
D-ConnecticutTwix Patty Murray
D-WashingtonDark chocolate peanut butter cups Bill Nelson
D-FloridaNone Rand Paul
R-KentuckySnickers Jack Reed
D-Rhode IslandBaby Ruth Harry Reid
D-NevadaNuts James Risch
R-IdahoButterfinger Jay Rockefeller
D-West VirginiaBaby Ruth Marco Rubio
R-FloridaNo comment Bernie Sanders
I-VermontNo comment Brian Schatz
D-HawaiiCinnamon hard candy Chuck Schumer
D-New YorkSnickers Jeanne Shaheen
D-New HampshireRed licorice and chocolate salted caramels from Granite State Candy Jon Tester
R-MontanaButterfinger John Thune
R-South DakotaTwin Bing Pat Toomey
R-Pennsylvania3 Musketeers Mark Udall
D-ColoradoToffee from Enstrom Candies (Grand Junction, CO) Tom Udall
D-New MeixcoDark chocolate spiced with New Mexico red chile John Walsh
D-MontanaBaby Ruth and Milky Way Midnight Elizabeth Warren
D-MassachusettsMounds Sheldon Whitehouse
D-Rhode IslandMilky Way Dark Ron Wyden
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