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Chris Smith

In my mind the City made two key blunders when it tripped over itself to rezone the CNF property to EXd (CNF was promising a big logistics joint venture with GM that was going to produce lots of IT jobs at the site - it never happened).

1) The City did not require a master plan for developing the site.

2) The City did not require CNF to dedicate a block for a park.

So CNF got a huge bump in its property value (IG1 land is worth much less) and the public got zilch.


I think the city is wise to slow such transitional periods of development in the city. Much like the CEID, the Lovejoy to 23rd to I-405 to the abandoned I-505 ramps area serves as a much needed commercial, industrial and creative space for businesses that desire to be close in, near the central freeway loop to serve the entire region from its center, and to serve those in the center quickly. In my opinion, this area should have some housing mixed in creatively such as live-work complexes, but the main focus should be commerce to insure that noise and traffic issues that come with residences be kept at a minimum. As density increases in this area, it is important, regardless of housing, for a park. Perhaps a Guild Lake resurfacing, much like Tanner Springs, would be in order.


All I can say is no to NOLO and yes to Slabtown. If a place has a good name there is no need to make one up (the whole SOHO, NOPO, SOCO thing is pretty played out).

mike conroy

I agree, no on the NOLO. There definitely should be a plan installed so that the jobs and industry aren't pushed out and haphazard development ensues. A park and a transportation plan would benefit everyone in the area. Affordable housing would be awesome!


Nolo is the Real Deal. It is not the Bucket or Slabtown. The Bucket refers to a slum and Slabtown refers to the bar on the corner where they sell heroin and girls like to hook. Nolo for all intensive purposes works perfectly. And if you are in the Pearl and are north of Lovejoy you are not in the NOLO, you are in the Pearl.


This is a prime reason of the cost it takes to live in the area. How much extra does it cost a developer to sit and wait? How much do all the permits and such cost? Time is money, and the city is not respective to this situation at all.

I do think some decent planning would be great, the traffic is going to become horrendous as that area fleshes out, but the city could do it's part to keep costs down be speeding up a slow, tedious, and often times wasteful process. If they get their act together they might even be able to prevent bad traffic build up.

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