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Max Rockbin

I've biked through several times.
The place is a ghost town. No one walking on the streets. Buildings that are not only unfinished, but is anyone still working on them? The businesses that are trying to make a go of it down there are in desperate straights. They have the double whammy of the recession and being located in an area with half the number of people (and less affluent people) than they were expecting by now.

It's also not very bike friendly.


What's missing...........is a middle class.

Eric Lea

Southwest Charter School utilizes a Place-Based method, to teach a curriculum that emphasizes science, arts and civics. Southwest Charter School is a public charter school sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education and is unaffiliated with Portland Public Schools. Rather than "Portland Public Schools South West [sic] Charter School" it should instead read simply "Southwest Charter School".


No mention of the new Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge and how it will connect SoWa with the Lair Hill neighborhood. The project is moving forward. The project will be advertised for construction in September 2010 with a bid opening on October 7, 2010. Construction will start in December 2010 and conclude in December 2011. See a video of the bridge design here, http://gibbsbridge.org/GetInvolved.aspx.


you must have biked through a long time ago. I work there and South Waterfront is a thriving neighborhood with people walking, working, dining,biking (yes we have bike lanes!)and enjoying the new park. The population includes many young children, young professionals and yes, retirees. Come again, and actually hang out. A one minute bike through is not enough to make a judgment call.


true PortlandPear. Look at the buzz that passes through the lobby of OHSU. You know when the tram lands, because the chatter increases. People wait inside the building for the streetcar too - nice place for a cup of Stumptown. I think the park is an incredible addition, and with the Mirabella now taking occupancy I think you will see an increase - hopefully to a critical mass at the near future to support greater retail diversity. Obviously still a long way to go, and when this area stitches into the greenway trail visa vie Zidel property then you have the makings of a really exciting network of trails and corridors.


@Gerrrg - care to back that up? Recent auctions for units are well within anyone's definitions of "middle class," as were many of the units in the early phases of development. Unless, of course, you mean "single family detached houses with yards" when you say middle class. Then I would agree with you.

@Max - Please name an unfinished building that is currently not being worked on. FYI, that has not happened at all in South Waterfront since development started seven years ago. What has been started has been finished.

South Waterfront will mature, and this is a process that will take more time than in the Pearl, due in equal parts to the economy (slower development pace) and lack of context (e.g., no stock of renovated warehouses nearby). What Portland will need to get used to is a more normal (read: slower) pace of development than what happened in the Pearl.

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