As I wait here in City Council chambers for the chance to testify against demolition of Memorial Coliseum, Council is right now hearing argument from Randy Leonard for adding a neon rose to the Portland Oregon Visitors Center building, designed by the great John Yeon, when it becomes home to the Rose Festival Foundation.
A neon rose? On the waterfront? Sitting on top of Yeon's building? Is this a joke?
If I weren't so busy arguing against Memorial Coliseum's razing, I would be fighting this to the hilt. Putting a neon rose on the building makes me want to wretch. It's a slap in the face to the building Commissioner Leonard wants to save on behalf of the Foundation.
If you feel similarly, please consider making your voice heard.
The Rose Festival Foundation is a wonderful institution, and it's great that they will be the tenants of this building. It's also a great boon to the city that the building will be preserved. But the neon rose is just absoluely preposterous and in very, very bad taste.