I'd sure rather work in biotech than in some neighborhood small business. And it seems like, if a neighborhood small business needs money from the city to operate, it's not sustainable and should be allowed to fail. Whereas a giant development plan like this could never happen anywhere without big amounts of city money. How much would another downtown core have grown the city? How many neighborhood small business have grown to serve all those employees and customers? We can sure say the plan hasn't turned out well, yet, but I can't complain about them trying it unless I knew a LOT more about it.
Thanks for posting that, zipitup. What a priceless quote.
You forgot to mention that Multnomah County (Wheeler and Cogen included) issued tax free bonds on behalf of the Mirabella to build a retirement tower for the elite.
Yeah ghost town it right. It all looks so good on paper up until reality sets in. Like I have said many times "you need people with actual jobs to pay for all this hype in real estate development." You can build empty cities if no trade or commerce is not in place prior to development. Portland needs to invest in excellent education, including it's State Universities to attract competitive bright minds, and a business structure ( Capital Venture!) to start industry or attract it here! What a concept to have people earning money first then actually aquiring the high rise apartment and model living ( this means affluent) after. Just a thought.
Ahhhh...spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming, it's times like this when I like to reflect back. I recall a time when The Mercury wasn't so critical on this subject, like this piece from back in January of 2007:
Here's an excerpt:
"I envision a Portland where neighbors don't automatically launch letter-writing campaigns against mixed-use buildings, because they too have glided to the top of the hill, and now see the obvious—that a six-story building ain't no thing. I hope for a Portland where curmudgeonly old-timers—those who think the city reached its peak in 1972, when the Wells Fargo Center opened—sit back to listen to the newcomers, who have grand plans and big ideas for this place. And those big ideas, they realize, won't ruin the city.
Pearce, and the city officials who had a hand in building this tram, get it."
I rememeber writing Jennings quite a nasty note on that one. Maybe when your editor in chief takes a break from beating off to copies of HUMP clips someone can remind him that he's a hypocrite. Grow up and fuck off.
Kohler should be in jail. Under his direction, OHSU DID build the promised cuttling edge biotech development center with all its promised new jobs -- in FLORIDA! Any story about this scandal that doesn't include that fact is negligent.
Instead of surrendering the public treasury to be plundered for playtime for speculators and developers, Portland voters should elect people who want to plow our money back in and nourish the neighborhoods, parks, schools, streets and small businesses that we already have and that are crumbling from neglect. South Waterfront is an absolutely obscene example of the self-interest and irresponsibility of Portland's political leadership, and it stands as a perpetual reminder that we voters need to apply continuous and constant pressure to keep local government focused on its proper priorities. What a criminal waste. And Randy Gragg STFU.
I'm so relieved to know that hundreds of millions of our tax dollars aren't going to helping the needy, but instead toward developing phantom metropolises for the barely existent well-to-do. Sigh of relief here, really. Way to go progressive Portland.
I like the story and I'm glad somebody is willing to call BS publicly (even though I don't quite agree that it's "failed"). But I wonder if we should be talking more about the city's fixed per-unit development costs, which create incentives to build only (a) big big big or (b) fancy fancy fancy.
Not that I know about that shit. But somebody ought to.
The original promise of the South Waterfront was not about housing, but about jobs. Peter Kohler of OHSU convinced mayor Vera Katz that the public investment for the tram and the other south waterfront amenities would allow for the creation of a thriving biotech industrial complex, providing high paying jobs for ten to thirty thousand people. That was bogus from the get go and Kohler knew it. You can still find an expose on the whole thing if you search for "Banking on Biotech". The whole venture was a big con job perpetrated by OHSU and the condo speculators.
I'm writing a college paper on teenage prostitution. Is there any way I could contact you (email) and ask you some questions?
This is to Princess:
I'm writing a college paper on teenage prostitution. Is there anyway I could contact you (email) to ask you some questions?
This is great. Please keep more articles like this coming.
Terrible problem, I feel sorry for the victims. I can never understand why they do it, though - all the language in the article and the comments talks about them being "forced" to do it. Forced how? They can walk away, right? Call the cops? I'm sure the pimps will hurt them bad if they had a chance. But you're in a city, you're on 82nd, you're surrounded by people - stop a car, call the police, scream for help, just run away. They don't have a gun to your head 24/7 - there are a million ways to get away if you don't want to do it.
Using words like "forced" seems like it absolves the girls of all responsibility. Yes, I'm sure we can all imagine a scenario where they WERE forced - the pimp is holding their baby hostage or something. But real life isn't the movies - most of the time, when you say "forced," don't you just mean "TALKED INTO doing it?"
If they chose to break into homes and steal, or to mug people, we'd see that word a lot less often, even if someone else DID tell them to do it. Why is choosing prostitution different? Why isn't that recognized as their personal decision? Aren't they just as guilty as the men who hire them?
Thank you for the information..It was very helpful!
The problem is very bad in Roseburg as well. People wouldnt think to look here. Its such a small town. It seems like everyone knows each other. so you wouldnt think it would be so bad. But thats the problem. all the criminals do know each other. they cover for each other. and until recently, prostitution in roseburg was ticketed as disorderly conduct or tresspassing. there are rumors of a loop in the medical profession.
The Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League 2009 Championships presented by Rockwell Collins offered an amazing opportunity for kids to explore and embrace science and technology. I know of no other program that motivates our youth to successfully master difficult engineering and science based challenges in a team environment. I have been coaching FIRST Lego League teams for a long time, and have been overwhelmingly pleased with the growth that this program produces in our youth! Thank you, Intel and Rockwell Collins, especially, for investing in our youth to develop skills in the area of science, technology, engineering, and software programming.
47 and I still love LEGO. Took my kids to the Lego store in Orlando. They had more fun there then most of the rides.
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I must say that I am so proud of the people who are in this article. I am not gay, I am not a lesbian. I am just an American that wants people to be treated equally. So much of our Constitution has not been applied to our society and because of this, many people suffer. Many people. People...COME ON. End the suffering of humanity. We are all the same.
In a recent conversation I had with a bishop of the LDS Church I was informed that the LDS Church is entitled to their rights to be so restrictive, "just like the Democratic Party" (he cited for example). But the Democratic Party as well as the LDS Church have no part being involved "In State" and it is clear from the people I have known that choice to deny who you are or abandon your existence is quite real. It is a rarity that someone allows a gay, lesbian or transgender grow up with the love and compassion and support they need.
It is a mess and bottom line, I just want to extend how proud of all of you for who you have become. I commend you beautiful people for the freedom you have fought for in our country and the change you have paved for those that will follow. Please know that there are people out there that recognize what you are going through and support you 100% off the time because when it comes down to it, we are all pink inside.. ;)
That's supercool you wrote up an article on this superrad tournament, Sarah!!! :D
I was a volunteer referee for both regionals and finals (though only on Saturday) and it was great to be a part of it. I just loved watching the different team dynamics and how they dealt with the varying conditions of the different tournament locations. You could see how some teams had a renewed confidence going into the 2nd or 3rd round, complete 180 from their attitudes in the previous round, maybe after re-calibrating the light sensors or letting an untested program loose for the first time. You can really tell the day of competition is truly rewarding for them.
And seeing different teams cheer on other teams they're competing against was particularly enjoyable. I even heard the winners from Saturday's tournament came to the one on Sunday so they could cheer on the competition. Awesome!!
I hear what you're saying about diggin' the style of team dressed like little Harry Potters. Some of those teams were so captivating to observe - both in style and demeanor. The team that stood out the most for me was the one from the Oregon School for the Deaf. They really had this effortless and truly individual style. It was so cool to watch them in competition.
Again, awesome article!!! Way to setup outside the usual alterna-press fodder.
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