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Don Dulyea

Here's text of the Ginsberg poem, "Portland Coliseum":

http://sheoncehadme.blogspot.com/2008/03/portland-coliseum.html

Thanks, Brian, for your continuing coverage of this--the shortsighted and downright fickle view of this amazing building held by those we've trusted with our vote is not incorrigible and your support of its preservation is bringing the light of reason to the table.

I must admit, however, that as a younger Portlander, a transplant of only 2 years, I never quite knew the building--never been inside (yet!), only been around it. Until I saw the photos you posted recently, I had put the building into the same mental space with all those "uninspired mid-century government buildings", and I think that would be a reflection of the default effect the media has had on the perceptions of my generation (I'm 26). That's the kneejerk reaction though..yet I find myself appreciating works of design from the same period all the time, even though the collective aesthetic of these buildings is currently negative, bringing along thoughts of futurism looked upon "soberly", staid 1960s corporatism and, most prominently in my mind, neglected concrete housing projects. I imagine that's how most without an intense curiosity in architecture & design currently see this, but of course last year's fashion will always eventually become beautiful with age, as you pointed out in your post on 4/25.

Steve

Shouldn't updating Portland’s Historic Resource Inventory be one of our first steps toward sustainability? Wouldn't it help us decide where to focus our sustainable efforts?

Wouldn't such a study create good jobs right away?

Gavin

This building, while beautiful and possessing "a master's touch" is out of place in what has evolved around it. We cannot "scoop" it up and "relocate" it. So, let's savor what it was and let go. The City and this Quarter need to move on. I am all in favor of saving where we can --but do not suffer the error of nostalgia.

ws

Yeah, lets let go of the Rose Garden arena. That's the arena that's been the real drag on the area. Isn't the Trailblazers winning the championship about the only reason that thing was dropped on Portland?

I imagine a lot of people, amidst considerable skepticism on the part of many others, thought for awhile after the championship win that Portland was going to become a big time professional sports city, and that it would neeed a bigger arena. Has that become reality? Has that expectation turned out to be the case? Instead, it's 'blame it on the MC...we're tired of looking at it...it's 'ugly'....out of date...'. Portland could have saved a lot of money and had better planning options than it does today if it had never signed on to help build that thing.

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