GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It's the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)

City, County Leaders Unveil Plans to Cut Homeless Count By Half. Not Everyone Is On Board.

Local leaders are heralding a “comprehensive and ambitious plan” to open 1,000 more shelter beds and provide roughly 2,700 unhoused people with housing or shelter over the next two years. One county commissioner calls the plan “absurdly unrealistic.”

Courtney Vaughn

Auditors: Future of Historic Kenton Firehouse in Jeopardy After Mismanagement

A fraud hotline report details a Portland bureau's failure to follow city contracting guidelines for management of the Historic Kenton Firehouse. State Rep. Travis Nelson has been using the building as his district office, rent-free.


Film Review: Love Lies Bleeding Is a Bold Newcomer to the Erotic Thriller Canon

Director Rose Glass’ second film tells the sleazy, sexy story of two star-crossed sapphic lovers.


Loud, Polluting Leaf Blowers Are on Their Way Out of Portland

City Council voted unanimously to phase out gasoline-powered leaf blowers in Portland. The ban will begin on a partial basis in 2026, with full implementation in 2028.

Taylor Griggs

Hear in Portland 

In our music column this week: Don't sleep on the Foamboy bandcamp b-sides, the latest Wynne rap collabs (both local and high profile), and China Forbes adds a second record release night at the Reser.


Despite Funding Windfalls, the Future of the Rose Quarter I-5 Project Remains Uncertain

While ODOT celebrates a recent federal funding windfall and environmental approval for its I-5 Rose Quarter project, opponents of the plan call say the state could make better use of limited resources by focusing on Albina neighborhood restoration.

Taylor Griggs



"Raise your hand if you think Greta Gerwig should've won an Oscar!" You can expect this, plus an entire week's full of garbage-y gossip, in the latest hilarious episode of THE TRASH REPORT!  


 • Portland Eyes Another Round of Water and Sewer Rate Hikes

The Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services say they need to raise rates again to cover rising costs, and construction of the Bull Run Water Treatment plant. Customers could see an 8% jump in water rates and a 5.15% spike in sewer rates.

Portland Water Bureau

Ticket Alert

Rapper Kid Cudi is coming to town with Pusha T and EARTHGANG, Def Leppard will pour some sugar on Portland this September alongside Journey, and say it ain’t so—Weezer has announced their Voyage To The Blue Planet tour with a local stop this fall.  Get your tickets for all these fun events NOW.

Courtesy Kid Cudi

Father Fannie's Funhouse Is Constantly Changing

The latest resident at ILY2 Too in the Lloyd Center Mall, Portland-based artist Father Fannie has filled the space's signature lavender walls with curated artworks and workshops. He calls it Father Fannie’s Funhouse.


Do You Remember Content? The Hotel Room Takeover Art Installation Event Returns

One of the coolest pre-pandemic Portland events is back: "Content" features fashion, design, and art in a constrained but also immersive space: A hotel room.



After a lifetime of one-sided relationships, a person finds someone they're attracted to—and starts freaking out! Is this from a lack of confidence, or something more *sinister*? Dan Savage dives deep into this thorny problem in this week's SAVAGE LOVE!

Joe Newton

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