City Commissioner Sam Adams won the latest round in his battle against Wal-Mart—because the mega-retailer decided to forfeit. Wednesday, October 4, the company that Sam Walton built backed off on its plans to build a store in the traffic-challenged Hayden Island in North Portland.

The move was announced in a press release just hours before a city council meeting to decide on a development moratorium on the island. Despite the departure of the moratorium's raison d'être, the development halt passed 4-0. SCOTT MOORE


City Commissioner Dan Saltzman was ambushed at the dedication of Hazeltine Park at SE 54th and Flavel last Friday—by six angry members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Pam Pitra, secretary of ACORN's Brentwood-Darlington chapter, collared Saltzman to ask why he still hasn't honored the pledge he made to her back in May, to install benches and better lighting in Harney Park at SE 67th and Harney.

Saltzman, who told Pitra there is no money available, finally honored the second half of his earlier pledge this week—to improve Bloomington Park, at SE 100th and Steele. But Pitra says he should have known the financial situation before making his promise. "After all," she told the Mercury, "it's his job." There was no comment from Saltzman's office by press time. MATT DAVIS


Neighbors in Buckman fired a second round of shots against a proposed development at SE 20th and Morrison last week, following a tense meeting with the developer in September. This time, neighbors took aim at the modern, 40-unit project's architect, sending a letter—accompanied by nearly four pages of neighbors' signatures—detailing their problems with the design.

"We are appalled by the design and astonished that a firm of your reputation would submit such work," neighbors wrote to the Myhre Group architects. "We recognize that development must take place, but the residents of Buckman are proud of our community and dedicated to preserving the architectural distinctiveness and social character of our neighborhood." AMY JENNIGES