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These people would have no understanding of the modern U.A.E.
Plus, who the fuck are they? Editors, why don't we just strive for maybe a wikipedia level of competence, starting out with eliminating shit like sentences that start with "some say..." when dealing with factual reporting?
I see the Little Dubai analogy. But the booze is better here and the average Portland bicyclist would last five minutes on Dubai's roads.
And how is it that the part of the Coliseum that is multipurpose year round, even more so than the Rose Garden, be reused?
It just seems like Sam and his staff don't get it. This is not the forward-thinking mayor I thought I was electing.
How is criticizing journalism trolling?
Oh, but now I get it -- knocking down an existing white elephant to replace it with another arena that will be mostly unused much of the year -- sure, that will do the trick!
I confess I don't overflow with the warm fuzzies with regard to the Coliseum. For all its supposed architectural significance, to me it represents the blandest of bland Modernism. I'd be all for saving it if anyone had come up with a viable use for the thing, but every proposal has been shot down as too expensive or somehow inappropriate. How many years has it been sitting there, vastly underutilized? And why only now that it might be razed are members of the "creative community" raising their voices? Where have they been all these years?
This whole thing is depressing. Portland has created a half-assed, ill-conceived, incomplete dead weight in what should be a vital part of the city, now we have to grapple with how to complete something that never should've been started.
Tell a Portlander that he/she is unique and creative and that anything will be "world class" and you're halfway to anything you want to get done.
Besides the fact this sounds perfectly awful, does anyone doubt it would be a wild success? For a town that claims to hate the Pearl, you can't get near the place on weekends.
Also, I can't believe Sam actually used the word "re-purposed." It's an admirable idea, but what part of the coliseum is going to be re-purposed significantly enough that it can credibly be called "re-purposing?" maybe the underground utilities and the streets around it.
Saltzman is the swing vote tomorrow.
More residential, dare I say it - condos/apartments - are vastly needed to make better use of commercial and transit in place BEFORE we go about building a stadium/entertainment district via a greedy Cordish bastard.
As well, the intense corporate controlled dress-code atmosphere of Cordish’s developments flies in the face of Portland’s quasi-hippy, homegrown, brewpub frequenting population.
What artist would choose to perform in such a contrived corporate environment when we have a growing number of unique venues like the Crystal Ballroom, the Doug Fir and the Wonder Ballroom?
I am imagining a giant flashing neon sign saying Eco-Entertainment-District!