Portland’s mayor has his own solution to ‘brutal’ downtown parking

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling rides his scooter down Fore Street on Tuesday afternoon. Strimling said he likes riding the scooter because it’s easy to park on the city’s congested peninsula and it lowers his carbon footprint. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling knows how to beat Portland’s clogged summer peninsula traffic. He parks his car. Instead, he throws a leg over his scooter and zips around town with his face in the wind. “Traffic in this city is just brutal,” he told me, sitting on his orange, Italian-styled steed, parked in front of City Hall on […]

How many trips across Portland does it take to cook hot dogs on a motorcycle engine?

Troy R. Bennett (left) and Dan MacLeod of BDN Portland test hot dogs cooked on Bennet's motorcycle engine on Thursday. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

My boss Dan MacLeod and I set out today to answer a question that’s messed with the heads of many a philosopher over the centuries: How many trips across Portland does it takes to cook hot dogs on a motorcycle engine? We double wrapped four, Maine-made, red snapper hot dogs in foil and wired them to […]