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Dennis L.

Emmons is one of the most dedicated architects to this city and I am thankful to have him here fighting for these projects. I agree with Emmons, if we wish to see our downtown to grow something needs to happen at Ankeny. If the city doesn't step up to the plate and do something soon, downtown could end up being the forgotten part of town as all the business, retail, and residential migrate to the other districts. The waterfront should be lined with condos and apartments and other activities.

With the costs rising for the tram, I have yet to see anyone give up on its construction because it is a needed move forward for this city. If that is the case, why would the city wish to hinder its growth with this project? Over the next 10-20 years we are expecting over a million new people to move to Portland. If smart decisions are not made now, how would Portland continue to handle such a growth?

the crow

i agree with Stuart Emmons position, and i think it is important to discuss these issues, because they are about big ideas. competitions in the future as a means to solicit greater ideas of architecture with civic importance. as well the idea of housing on the river and at the edge of downtown is an opportunity missed for all too long. it is about time that the city helps the private sector and continue to support the public sector in developing the catlysts that create the foundation for future development and cultural environments. rising costs of construction are widespread and the architects and ideas are not to be blamed. instead of "politicking", the leaders should maintain a vision.

Steve

I am not arguing with Mr Emmons skill as an architect and the building looks nice. The issue with this and the tram and other public projects is the money.

We are closing schools and don't have money to open up jails, yet we are turning downtown into the modern equivalent of Versailles, a pretty place built by ippressive taxes on farmers.

torridjoe

PDC came up with the idea and sold Fire hard on it; I think they have a moral obligation to follow through. Fire bought it because it WAS a good deal all around. Damn the tram comparisons; this is creating a state of the art public safety building that clears the way for riverfront redevelopment. Bread and butter UR, IMO.

Besides, it was a cool plan.

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