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Mark McClure

Thank you, Brian! This was the most comprehensive and balanced article I’ve recently read about the current and future states of our city.

It’s encouraging to know that some of the plywood and fences are finally being taken down.

Your article also serves a good reminder for me to try to remain positive in my outlook and use my little soapbox accordingly.

Alain L.

I have read similar sentiments in the pages of the Tribune and other business-focused outlets. As you point out, where is the outrage and calls for more and convenient testing, for rapid distribution of vaccines, and the like? It is underhanded to attribute our economic woes to the people with the least economic power. BTW, In my recent forays pedaling through downtown, while I've noticed parts of downtown are indeed quiet and near vacant, The Pearl, which I have mixed feelings about, remains quite active. Not really all that surprising given its density and mix of uses. South downtown has PSU, but not really a student population right now, and the SOM towers are not served by nearby businesses. Comparatively, The Pearl has a mix of business and residential. Enough to keep some (face covered) action on the streets.

Paul Falsetto

Thank you, Brian, for taking a focused look at the state of our downtown, as filtered through an array of interested parties.

The recent Portland protests exemplify the very definition of a ground level action, focusing immediate attention on pressure-point issues. But it is only a means to an end, with the ultimate goal to define, and ideally institutionalize, a method of addressing those issues. Actions that work counter to this larger goal are simply wanton and counterproductive.

The members of the Rose City Downtown Collective have felt the damage to the downtown more directly than most, being in the center of the bullseye. It’s understandable that they would want to stop the bleeding, clean the wound, and allow businesses to return to a safe operation. We need RCDC to do this work, as an important step forward.

We also need a broader view and a methodology that leads towards a fuller resolution. It seems appropriate that the leadership of the AIA has stepped up to suggest a way forward. I hope this call to action is accepted by City Hall and other organizations, with serious efforts starting up in time for Spring (an appropriate metaphor).

This really could be the story of our era, working to overcome what seems like multiple, insurmountable issues. Portland has shown the pathway through some thorny problems in the past, and I’m hoping we have the will, the fortitude, and leadership to blaze a new trail forward yet again.

Lauren Zimmermann

Why does everyone think someone would take the time to go downtown during the pandemic when they are not passing through on their way to or from work (given the move to remote work)? Why would we want to spend money downtown when we are unsure of the economy and feel safer saving? What would be buy? Fashionable clothes nobody will see while we have ZOOM meetings? I completely agree with the intent to bring together a broad constituency and listen per the AIA article. Business owners and residents need to prepare themselves for the answer being "the nature of retail, public space, transit, and our cities is changing and some things will close".

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