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billb

Good News B , shows the Blazers can think outside the box...
And don't forget Sydney Wickes [sp?] who lit up the MC early on.

Scotty M

I was surprised to see the white band of the MC getting a new paint job this week as I rode my bike into work Friday morning. What an improvement! When I came by again that evening it looked quite refreshed!

Marc Hull

Brian,

I'll be honest with you. I truly, with all of my heart believe the memorial coliseum is a dump. To me, it's one of the uggliest buildings in this city, possibly the state. However, I also understand that the city has now taken the stance that it must be saved from the wrecking ball. So, where does that leave the city, Brian? I've heard a number of ideas about what to do with this thing - make it a community recreation center, a velodrome, etc. Fine. I don't agree that those proposals are the best uses for 4 blocks of prime city real estate - PS, I also don't believe that building a minor league baseball stadium there is ideal. What's most concerning to me is all of the idealists who are coming up with off the wall ideas of how to "repurpose" the place, without identifying how they intend to pay for any of it. I mean seriously, Brian, you don't really believe that everyone in town is going to suddenly have an epiphany and agree that spending tens of millions of dollars to convert this thing into a velodrome makes sense, do you? Here's what I think your preservation efforts will result in. More studies identifying fantasy purposes for the building that will never come to fruition because money is required. You successufully get this thing on the historic register to find that you can't actually improve the facility in ways that would make it financially viable. What we will have is one of the largest, most dilapidated venues for cat shows in the world. Now, I am all for trying to change my mind about this. However, any argument has to be based in some sort of reality. Something other than "look how dreamy the glass is." Can this thing be restored in a financially viable way so that it can actually make money for the city? Or are you simply in favor of leaving the thing a money pit out of fear its archetectural purity may be disturbed?

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