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finally... my hood! although things have been picking up over the last couple years, kenton's still pretty sleepy simply because it is soooo residential and relatively low density. a couple things it does have going for it besides the walkability , max, affordability (and of course paul bunyon) are that its only a seven-minute drive on the freeway to downtown, the dogpark two minutes in the opposite direction and it's also the only historic district comprised of primarily concrete block structures which makes it unique. and notably, what kenton has that beaverton doesn't is that it is an urban renewal area and therefore pdc is doing the implementation of the micro-level regional urban center planning for metro. perhaps beaverton needs a similar program or if they have one maybe they need to fine-tune it.

lastly, as long as the dancin' bare is still there, we can keep the neighborhood from outgrowing itself.

Dennis L

the problem with most "town center" developments is the lack of mixture. I love listening to developers, architects, and planners talk about mix use dense development as a cure all to the world's problems, but without a mixture of people to go with these projects we end up with the Round. That project is nothing more than a dense suburban project with a MAX station. In no way does it try to integrate the rest of downtown Beaverton. Its idea of design is very closed off from the rest of the city with very little room to expand from the idea.

If the Round wanted to be a success, it should of taken a page from the squares in Europe and acted more like a center stage that attracts all different types of cultures and classes of people. How much does the Round represent Beaverton's growing ethnicities? By no means is downtown Portland a perfect place, with the constant running into people asking for change and watching out for suburbanites that don't know the meaning "one way."

If a "town center" in Portland is going to work, it must reflect the neighborhoods around it, not just the rich white ones.


I know that the city is looking at rezoning parts of the interstate corridor for higher residential concentrations. I'd like to see more offices go in as well, so commuters can use the max in both directions. Kenton Station seems like an ideal location for such a project - with residential/retail mixed use development in the downtown area (near Paul Bunyon) and larger office/commercial uses on Columbia Boulevard where there are currently industrial uses. Columbia is down a hill from Kenton Station, so it seems ideally situated within walking distance, but somewhat physically separated so that it doesn't have what might be perceived as a negative impact on the surrounding residential use.

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