"It's really easy to jump on the height," he told Gragg, "but the structure's whole diameter is only 90 feet wide. We designed it to be a see-through tower. The turbines are constantly moving. We designed it as an ellipse so it is at its narrowest from west to east. So everyone in the West Hills sees it at its narrowest: 50 feet, up to 550 feet.
In the interview, Randy Gragg suggested the Centennial Mills site, which I agree might work. How about moving the police department's horse paddock next door and putting the tower there? Perhaps you could also place the tower at the base of the Fremont Bridge in the Northern Pearl. The tower could also go at the Burnside Bridgehead on the east side, stamping that already planned development with a real destination. Or perhaps it could go in South Waterfront amongst the condo towers as a one-two attraction with the aerial tram. Why not put it on the river next to Oak's Park?
Update 9/22/08: AIA/Portland (a sponsor of this site) will be hosting a presentation and public discussion of the SMART Tower design with by Mulvanny G2 Architects on Friday, October 10 at the Center For Architecture, at a to-be-determined time in the late afternoon.