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That 2010 rendering is such an uninspiring vision. Where's the density? There should be highrises there on par with the other development in Lloyd right now. You have MAX, streetcar, two interstates, bike lanes, and can even walk into downtown, and they want to use this parcel for what looks like four-story apartments and a strip mall?

David Dysert

Brian--spot on. We are in much need of a coherent urban design framework-especially relating to recent PDC projects. BDS may counter "the Green Loop" is that unifying element to organize the various areas and projects in your list. I'm not completely convinced but I look forward to the proposed design challenge to help illuminate its potential.

Jason Wells

Very happy that you included the Blanchard site in this post because it brings up the opportunity to recognize the failure of the City and PPS to adapt to the growth in the Pearl and NW. The entire quadrant feeds into Chapman Elementary school, which is bursting at the seams (not 'seems'). Currently, there are no SDCs for our schools and the district has no plans to build additional schools. Thier (not 'there' or 'they're') plan is to shift the boundary line and send kids up the hill to Ainsworth Elementary. (despite having a perfectly good school building located at NW 21st & Glisan, currently occupied by a special program that pulls 85% of it's kids from the east side, but that is a whole different kettle of fish)

So when the Conway blocks are built out, the Post Office blocks are fully developed and who knows how many more condos are in the Pearl, where are the kids going to go to school?

PS: a 'mote' is a tiny speck of a thing, hardly enough to stop someone from visiting a king's castle...


Yeah, why the Lowrise attempt from SERA next to the MODA Center? Why lessen density directly across the bridge from downtown, seems like a complete waste of land.

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