I am very curious as to what Mayor Tom Potter will ultimately have to say about PDC’s Burnside Bridgehead selection. His entire campaign and early mayorship have been about the idea of giving more voice to the people of Portland in deciding the fate of our city. Potter is a populist. So what will the mayor have to say about a verdict by PDC that so unequivocally goes against the tide of public opinion?
And especially in light of the Bridgehead decision, it's going to be very interesting what names are floated as candidates for head of the Development Commission. According to an Oregonian report (which took me forever to find a link to on the atrocious Oregon Live website), early candidates include commissioner Erik Sten and former commissioner Charlie Hales, as well as Norris, Beggs & Simpson brokerage president J. Clayton Hering, Portland Family of Funds chairman Carl Talton, PDC deputy executive director Baruti Artharee, and former U.S. Green Building Council head Christine Ervin.
I'd definitely vote for Hales. He's someone I trust to focus on the buildings as much as the money (not that some of the other candidates wouldn't) Who do the rest of you think will get the job and/or should get it?