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"Laika certainly will have more space and cheaper land out in Tualatin"

I think one interesting thing to note, is that while it may be cheaper for Laika the company to locate in Tualatin, they will essentially just be transferring the costs associated with their savings to the employees and to a lesser extent the Portland metro area instead. As you note, most will probably not live in Tualatin, so there will be an additional economic cost (cost of driving & congestion), a social cost (lost time from commute), and an environmental cost (additional pollution) that employees and the Portland metro area will have to absorb so Laika can have their cheap land and space.


Maybe they'll be smart and have shuttle service like Google does in the Bay Area?


I agree with Dans comments. It's unfortunate Laika didn't try to use the copious amounts of real estate in the NW Portland area. The I-5 Tualatin exit is a nightmare during business hours.

Historical note, I notice that 50% (or more) of total Nike campus parking now happens outside the berm of the campus pod.


I have noted elsewhere the "NW industrial sanctuary", specifically the foundry property extending North from Vaughn would have been perfect for Laika. The streetcar, 10 blocks. Even an architectural challenge to reuse some of the industrial buildings while building new modern.


The Nike Campus is third rate. TVA should be chastised for such a poor design.

Buildings are impossible to navigate, there is horrible pedestrian access from one side of campus to the other, and no consideration for the climate.

Perhaps Laika will be more fortunate and TVA will have learned from the mistakes made on the Nike Campus.

Brandon Van Buskirk

A Commuter rail that is accesible from downtown Portland via light rail is now open & will serve Laika well.


The Nike campus was built in a suburb, but its barely suburban anymore. Beaverton is denser than much of Portland and in some ways is more of a transit hub - it has the WES and the MAX doesn't crawl through it at walking pace like it does through downtown Portland. Additionally, the Nike campus itself is surrounded by transport (3 bus lines surround it and the MAX is very nearby). Phil Knight got lucky, he built Nike at a time of cheap gas and since then a city (it may not look like one, but has the resources) has grown around it. Its very easy to choose to live in Washington county or Portland and work at Nike (for instance you could live in Cedar Mill or Raleigh Hills and have short trips by transit or car to Nike and PDX - or live in Goose Hollow and be at Nike in under 20 min). This is not the case in Tualatin - Highway 5 and 99 are a complete mess and the way real estate is headed it's unlikely that a city with adequate rail and bus will grow at that location anytime soon - if ever. Phil will not be so lucky as he was with Nike to acquire a suburban/rural campus at a time when city ammenities were not needed only to have them move in around him in time for a new era when they are required. He will pay through his pocketbook for choosing this location because he will lose access to talent and his future employees will be stuck in traffic when gas costs 6$ and have no alternative. Meanwhile, over the next decade, his Nike employees will be able to live in the city or suburbs and will be able to take the MAX in from Portland or Hillsboro or take the 62 north/south bus which will likely be frequent service by then. If he wishes to avoid business unfriendly Portland, he should build Lieka along the WestSide MAX - there are plenty of multi-acre car dealerships in downtown Beaverton that won't be required anymore.

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