I'm a little late here, but there are a couple factual corrections. RM did come to Portland with a team of experts in 1943. He only stayed 6 days, however, went back to NYC, and then returned to present the report on Nov. 9.
While Commissioner William Bowes was a great Moses fan, it was Edgar Kaiser who actually invited Moses and got local public agencies to pony up $100,000 (real money in those days) for the consultation. Kaiser, of courses, was the guy who managed 100,000 shipyard workers and was also responsible for the construction of Vanport to help house his workers.
As for dead freeways, the alterntive route for I-405 would have taken it closer to PGE Park and then down Clay Street, leaving the site of PSU outside downtown rather than inside. It was engineering considerations that tilted the decision, since the current rouote has easier curves.
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