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Thanks Brian
I liked your perspectives on the bridge being built and also acknowledging the alternative plan and questions around what may have been missed. Your photos captured an attractive bridge, even in contrast to the lowest common denominator Columbia Crossing bridge design.
I also appreciated your previous post on the Portland Design Commission and especially how we bring more of their engagement into the neighbourhoods. Having been involved in the Division Vision process for ten years it is challenging to encourage good design and developments without more rigour encouraging the good over the most profitable to the developers. We are struggling with the fallout from this, amongst some of the good projects we also have some of the very mediocre developments that have been created on Division.
And this leads me to my third observation and that is the fall off in people commenting on your posts? I still find you the go to spot for tracking what is going on with the architecture and built environment scene in Portland. I live in London now and miss the sort of perspective you bring over here. But it does make me wonder why the fall off. Are design people less interested in the topics you are discussing? Are people just too 'busy'? Have you a sense of what has changed? It was not all that long ago that posts of yours would have ten or more comments. I don't see much of that now. Maybe this is part of the fallout after 2008 market dip?
Regardless, I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your work and I think I also wanted to see if others who read you have feedback or thoughts as to why the feedback and comment debates that used to go on here have ebbed?
Thanks again, Charles

Brian Libby

Thanks for your comments, Charles. Glad to hear you liked the posts and that they share a lot of parallels with your experience. To answer your question about comments, things changed significantly a year or two ago when I changed the rules to require everyone to sign in with a service like Facebook or Twitter. I was tired of there being anonymous comments that frequently were personally insulting or generally snarky. To be honest, I think I may have made a mistake in initiating this change, and I have considered switching back. It's nice not getting frustrated by brash anonymous comments, but I do miss the sense of conversation.

Brian Libby

Charles and everyone, I have actually just turned off the comment-registration function, so as of right now people are once again free to leave anonymous comments. Hopefully I can bring some people back into the commenting fold.

Jeff Belluschi

Thank you for the reversal Brian. It is a welcome change. I just hope readers respect your great writing and are respectful of journalistic integrity and the ethical component of thoughtful commentary. This is a community for the better good.


I think part of the problem was that the service didn't work very well. I tried commenting a couple of times with my twitter account, and it would never work. So, I kind of just gave up. Anyway, love the pictures.


Sounds good Brian. And I'll do my bit in comments I may add to support this to be an engaging community where I can treat views different from my own respectfully.

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