Neighbors are weighing in on the upcoming Prescott development on N Interstate—a 155-unit mixed-use building planned for the corner of Skidmore and Interstate that's currently known as the "liquor store block." It's the first development to go in under Interstate's new design guidelines, and neighbors want the site to be a "gateway" to the area, which is known for its eclectic neon signs.

Eight neighbors wrote letters to the city about the building's current design, which many feel sets a precedent for development in the area. Neighbors are generally excited about the six-story, transit-oriented building, which would replace a liquor store with commercial storefronts and market-rate apartments (plus a rooftop pickleball court!).

But one main complaint has emerged: that the building design is, well, boring. "It would be nice if the building made more of a statement, if it could do more of a place-making thing," says Overlook Neighborhood Association Land-Use Chair David Chott, who says one comment he's heard from neighbors is that the building's white façade and repetitive balconies make them think of a "big, unimaginative hotel." SM


In just-released results from the annual Oregon Healthy Teens survey, 17.4 percent of the state's eighth graders said they have had sexual intercourse, an increase over last year's 16.8 percent.

Every year, the Department of Human Services hands out the survey full of personal questions about lifestyle and beliefs to Oregon's eighth and 11th graders, hoping to gain insight into teens' mental health, decision-making skills, and substance abuse. This year, of those who had sex, 20 percent said drugs or alcohol were involved and 30 percent said they did not use a condom. Also alarming: 15.5 percent of eighth graders hadn't eaten a single vegetable in the last week, another increase over the 2007 results. SM