As The Business Journal and other media outlets reported last week, the Portland Trail Blazers have launched a campaign to remake the 36-acre Rose Quarter as an "entertainment-themed district "alive with activity 24 hours a day". I'd have thought making it feel alive on a regular old Tuesday afternoon would have been challenge enough.
What's more, the very idea of a ghettoized "entertainment district" seems circumspect. It's true that, at least according to the Business Journal report by Wendy Culverwell, the Blazers would plan to have offices and residences in addition to clubs and restaurants. But plans for those kinds of spaces seem less thought out than bringing in entertainment outlets.