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Justin H.

Here's a sampling of what Club Cordish is all about:

http://thebridge.typepad.com/thebridge/2008/12/the-cordish-company-more-of-its-story-by-drted.html

http://www.niagarafallsreporter.com/cordish.html

Michael M.

The Rose Quarter remains a mystery to me. It was more-or-less developed in the years I wasn't living in Portland. I didn't get until very recently that it was conceived of as an "entertainment district." I had thought, from my brief forays through the area, that is was supposed to be an administrative/office/exhibition center. There's nothing about it that screams "entertainment," nor do I understand how there every could be without some kind of pre-planned, strictly controlled Cordish-style environment. Nothing about it is inviting -- the scale is completely antithetical to ordinary neighborhood development. The buildings (the Convention Center, the Rose Garden & attendant parking, the MC) are too big and monolithic to make it an appealing area for walking and hanging around. Like the area immediately surrounding Madison Square Garden in NYC, it screams "come for the event, then go elsewhere for afters." Portland has plenty of neighborhoods that are good for the afters and I kind of doubt a Cordish-style section would be terribly popular.

Be that as it may, my overall impression is that this whole thing was a mistake from the get-go and the city is currently stuck trying to figure out how to turn lemons into something resembling lemonade. I don't know why, years ago, the whole shebang wasn't planned for the area out closer to the airport, where some of the big box stores are now. There's nothing remotely urban about the scale of these buildings. It just creates a big dead zone near the river, in what could've been a vital extension of downtown and transition to the more commercial areas of east Portland.

I find the whole thing depressing -- the fate of MC (which, alas, I'm not a fan of), the fate of the whole district. To me, the story is really about the downsides of overly bureaucratic, centralized planning.

val

Isn't it odd that a mayor who has (as commissioner) opposed big-box retailers, is now advocating for what amounts to a strip mall filled with chain stores and bathed in neon?

matthew

I think everyone who went out to support Adams months ago - and that includes me - should be out demanding that this deal doesn't go through. It is so obviously wrong for Portland in so many ways. Well, it's wrong for anywhere, really. And Portland is supposed to be the place that exemplifies a healthy livable alternative to all of that corporate crap. Isn't it?

Steve

I have to agree with Michael, other cities may need a new “entertainment district” because of the sad state of their historic entertainment venues. I don’t think Portland has that problem.

As well, the intense corporate controlled dress-code atmosphere of Cordish’s developments flies in the face of Portland’s quasi-hippy, homegrown, brewpub frequenting population.

What artist would choose to perform in such a contrived corporate environment when we have a growing number of unique venues like the Crystal Ballroom, the Doug Fir and the Wonder Ballroom?

I am imagining a giant flashing neon sign saying Eco-Entertainment-District!

ben

hey maybe randy's rose thing can go there instead.

mongoose

sounds just as evil as Bechtel.

Craig

This links to an article about "4th Street Live!" in Louisville. I really do not want to see this in Portland.

http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20050321/live-i-from-louisville

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