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Frank Dufay

I'm getting close to twenty years living in this neighborhood with ODOT hanging on to amazing land that they've done nothing with. (And wh9ch has been a long-term eyesore, and neighborhood nuisance.) Its time to get them to either do something with it, or sell it.) Or maybe seize it and make it a people's park? Tee hee?

thedude

We just don't have the will to really do whats needed on both sides of the river. I mean look at the Naito parkway redesign. Everyone agrees the road is a huge detriment to the waterfront, so why not cut the lanes from 5 to 3, making it a more fitting size for that site? For some reason most American cities feel that the suburban commuters have priority of the city. Burnside has the same issue. If we want to compete with world cities then we need to seriously start taking back auto lanes and increasing the pedestrian environment. Vancouver BC waterfront is world class because it chose to protect it for the people of the city rather then give it over to suburban car travels. Seattle's waterfront vs. Vancouvers is a great example of the US priorities vs other nations.

Mike O'Brien

Rob's line of thinking, extending into the far future, raises the question of how global warming will affect Portland. If you think about sea rise from melting of Greenland ice cap and West Antarctica and how it may affect Portland in, say, 50 years, one possibility is that it will force higher density to compensate for flooded areas. (Take a look at http://flood.firetree.net and a 7 meter sea rise, which floods the Columbia River flood plain, parts of Hayden Island and Sauvie Island, and parts of the Willamette Channel.) Re-organizing the city to accomodate flooding will be a headache but also an opportunity to reshape it.

val

I understand there are plans in the works for some sort of futuristic parking/storage tower on part of the central eastside property between the Portland Spirit and Ross Island S & G. Possibly upwards of 20 stories in a tower. The project is being planned by a member of the Hannah family (of local Car wash fame).

An interior view of a tower similar to what is planned here can be seen at:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/gate/archive/2005/10/19/dip.DTL&o=10

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