Portland elementary school teacher Aron Nels Steinke is the author of the "Mr Wolf's Class" graphic novel series for kids. 

Portland elementary school teacher Aron Nels Steinke is the author of the “Mr Wolf’s Class” graphic novel series for kids. 

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  • New businesses are popping up along the historic blocks of Portland’s Chinatown. Many — like vintage apparel shop Laundry — want to honor the neighborhood’s history. We hear from the young entrepreneur Chris Yen who started Laundry and Helen Ying, the chair of Portland’s Old Town Association, about Chinatown’s revitalization.

 

  

  • We continue our series of conversations about the present and future of I-5 with architect and urban planner George Crandall. He is opposed to freeway expansions and was a vocal critic of the Columbia River Crossing. Crandall was also part of the opposition to the Mt. Hood freeway, which was planned but never built through Portland in the 1970s.

 

  

  • “Mr. Wolf’s Class” is a series of graphic novels for middle-grade readers by Portland elementary school teacher Aron Nels Steinke. He and his wife, Ariel Cohn, won an Eisner award for their book “Zoo Box” in 2014. We talk with Steinke about teaching and about creating graphic novels for kids. Steinke is reading at Powell’s City of Books 2 p.m. on Sept. 7.

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