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Fred Leeson

Looks like a fabulous adaptive re-use of a historic building. From your pictures, Brian, I thought the heavy cables recalled the riggings of historic sailing ships. Maybe?

Mike Campbell

Portland wins again, with a wonderful adaptive re-use of notable architecture. To follow up on this story, the best way to knit together downtown, Chinatown, Old Town, and the Pearl, and restore Broadway's prominence, would be to re-open the street grid when the ugly Post Office is torn down. It sits on several city blocks, breaking up the natural pedestrian flow from the riverfront and Union Station to NW Portland. Re-energizing the former street grid (not necessarily to cars, just as bike/pedestrian footpaths in some cases) would do wonders for the adjacent neighborhoods. It should be a priority in any redevelopment scheme, along with extensions of the North Park Blocks.

David Dysert

I live near the new PNCA and am hopeful it will spark more development and as you mentioned, Brian, help stitch together Old Town and the Pearl. I use the North Park Blocks as my path to Downtown and continually wonder why such a fabulous resource has been so little appreciated and invested. (It is fun to think of it as a campus of sorts for the school.) How odd that we spent all the money to build a new series of parks to develop the Pearl when the North Park Blocks have been here all along. (I am glad we have both!) I just finished listening to Mayor Hale's State of the City address and I can't help but wonder when we will get the leadership resources required to get the Post Office redevelopment to become reality. This project is not a market issue, it is a political one. It will require a high ranking official making it a top priority to move the Post Office and hopefully recruit a wold class company to locate their headquarters to the site. It is a remarkably attractive location and we should be dedicating far more energy to its transition. Keep in mind besides the employment the site could provide it currently generates no revenue for the city as the Post Office does not pay tax. The spill over effect for Old Town and the city at large would be transformative. The Pearl and Old Town cannot be relegated to bedroom communities. We have enough condos built and in the pipeline; we need more employment here. Far too many people live in the Pearl and commute via car to the suburbs for employment.

Brett Campbell

Such a beautiful reconstruction and a great asset to downtown that benefits the whole city. Next: repurpose the nearby 1901 Customs House for PNCA or another educational use? What's going on there, anyway? I haven't heard much since the sale closed in 2012. I remember reading that it would cost $25 million or so to bring it up to code.

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