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Scott Ritchie

Short answer - "no"

steve Rawley

Of course we can't trust Paul Allen. Next question.

Garrett

I believe the point was made by many that the Friends of Memorial Coliseum were unwitting pawns of the Vulcans and that ultimately they would do whatever they wanted with the MC.

My guess. They'll gut the inside leaving only the glass frame. Nobody should trust Paul Allen further than he can be thrown.

Brian Libby

Another point to consider, passed to me by a local insider: The Blazers won't develop the RQ. They never intended. They just wanted to force Triple-A baseball out of the market so they could cannibalize the sponsorships.

Keath

Vulcans, in the world of star trek, are notoriously known for logic and the lack of emotions. It is no surprise that a recluse such as Mr. Alllen would choose such a fictional society to emulate in name and action. Everything that Vulcan is involved in, seems to lack an emotional tie to successes other than financial.

I am not surprised about pritchard nor the way it was handled. Unfortunately, I expect worse when it comes to the Rose Quarter. Allen is nothing more than the rich kid on the block who will take his ball and leave when he doesn't get his way.

billb

Yes B you are too emotional about Pritchard , many think he could not get us to the Finals , and had done all he could do. Try to remember that PA has spent a vast fortune trying to get the Blazers to the title , and join me in thanking him for trying. Did he do it yet , no , but he still might.

Trust him with the RQ , remember ol ronnie reagan said
something like
'trust, but verify'
Lets have a REAL international design competition. The spirit of the MC competition this past year was great [if not the result] And if you are reading PA , think of bringing in the best Architects in the world for a Big Time competition. Let's build a masterpiece not a mall!

Mickey

The Governor Oregon is cutting the state budget by 9% NEXT month. 100's of good jobs with benefits will be slashed around the state...a further domino effect on future state revenues.

The City of Portland is also in deficit. Not much in the press about this yet, but thE recent tax hikes 66 & 67 have upset 1000's of business owners and investors.

There will likely be another round of layoffs at the city by the end of the year.
More good jobs lost and so on.

The city is broke. Voters will not pass new bond measures going forward that are not absolutly vital for the survival of the city.

Therefore, nothing is going to happen in the RQ for a long time. The mayor's office continues its constituent based decision making in the hope re-election in 2012.
For example if you choose all three finalists to work together on the MC that may be good politics, but as reported, the MC refreshment is on hold.

Even super capitalist, Cordish is walking from the project. And the Blazer organization is frustrated.

Paul Allen has lost a full Billion dollars in the last 10 years here on the team and RQ.

It would be good stimulus for Portland
economics to rehab the MC now.

Portland needs a change of leadership at the City. The PDC gets 180 million dollars of our tax money each year to spend on stuff. Much of it has been squandered on bad deals and given to special interests with little oversight.

It's that simple. We must take back our city or the quality of life here will further deteriorate. If my comments seem radical, think it over. No Oregon editorial board censored these comments.

Just basic macro-economics at work here.

thefuture

It just seems like the political and financial environment is not where it should be to take on this project now. We are going to end up with a compromised solution if they move forward sooner than later.

The MC is safe for now which Brian you had a big part of making happen. I hope they focus on basketball, and chill on this development until things are better (for the blazers and the city). There are plenty of other projects that can be taken on as stimulus.

I usually don't think competitions are in the best interest of Architects, but in this case compared to what has already been proposed it'd be a great way to show alternative solutions that I'm confident would be much better for the city overall.

K

THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON PORTLAND ARCHITECTURE PROGRAM JUST SPENT A YEAR WITH ALLIED WORKS ARCHITECTURE ASSEMBLING IDEAS AND URBAN PLANS FOR THE ROSE QUARTER DISTRICT. THEIR WERE MANY GREAT IDEAS BROUGHT FORTH THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE UTILIZED IN PART OR WHOLE FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND DISTRICT.

Brian Libby

Thanks for the comment, K, but easy on the all caps! :)

thefuture

K....Sounds awesome let's see it. Will it be presented to the public or presented online at all?

Anton Vetterlein

The Blazers/Cordish Rose Quarter proposal is generic and formulaic and without inspiration. The "Jump Town" name is appropriated from Robert Dietsche's book which describes the lively ferment of musicians and small entrepreneurs that existed in the area previously. What has happened in the Williams Avenue area since demolition and "renewal" has been the antithesis of that, including this latest proposal. The city of Portland would be better to invest $5.4 million in supporting existing businesses in the central city than to create more competition for them. I would rather see the Rose Quarter languish for another decade than to spend a lot of money and effort on another bad idea. Ultimately, the Rose Quarter should be re-developed as the city's transportation hub with a new underground train station serving high speed regional train service. When that happens the Rose Quarter will rock 365 days a year.

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