10 April 2009

Saving The Memorial Colisuem: The Heart Of the Debate

2026.You may have heard about Saving the Memorial Coliseum elsewhere, but if you want to be wired to the source, follow Portland Architecture:

As Portlanders we can not stand for this horrible plan that is contemptuous of history, sustainability and even the Blazers team itself. We need to start talking right away about petition drives, protests, back-door meetings--anything to prevent this tragedy from happening. Who's with me on the picket line?

Also, if you can show up, you have an appointment:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
6:00-8:00 p.m.

6:00 PM Public review of proposed redevelopment concepts
6:30 PM Presentation of redevelopment concepts
7:00 PM Community feedback session

Leftbank Building, 240 N. Broadway

One of the pride points I have about being a Portlander is that friends from other cities (like Phoenix, where they tear down everything once a decade and rebuild it) come and they just feel like this is a city where we give two Arby's French Dips about our history.

This is just the end product of a bad plan that makes us all look foolish.

I read somewhere else today that if you want sustainable, the most sustainable building is the one that never got built, but if you have a building, the most sustainable one is the existing building that didn't get torn down.

This is a bad idea. We should not do this.

Speak up if you can.

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stan said...

I leave this city for five minutes* and the whole thing falls apart! First the Made in Oregon sign and now our beloved Coliseum. Did they forget about 1977? Or the Beatles' concert? Or in 1991...The Power Team??? what is wrong with these people?!

*2 1/2 years

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Or, in 2005: My graduation from PCC!

D'yer suppose you could convince The Lovely Nicole™ that y'all could move back, Stan? As you can plainly see, the place is going to heck in a handcart without ya!


stan said...

Probably not for awhile, Sam. At least, not until a G and an I are put back in front of Joe's where they belong.

By the way, I really dig the new banner. I liked the old one, but this one's much better, more evolved, and better shows off your talent.

stan said...

Ohhh, what the crazy? I merely mention GI Joes, and today I learn that they're going bankrupt! The whole town is falling apart!!! For the sake of Major league Soccer!

My whole world's turning upside down! Next thing you know, they're gonna turn Pioneer Square into a parking garage, or maybe they'll rename Division St. Unison St.!

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Firstly, Stan, your compliment directed at my new banner is very welcome. I appreciate most criticism, but yours in particular as you've been following me for a while.

Sorry about GI Joe's, man, we did what we could about that, but it was all for naught.

Your comment about Pioneer Square was somewhat ironic, as before it was Pioneer Square, it actually was a parking garage!

But they got KGW Channel 8's "Studio on the Square" there now. It's in the space that used to house Powell's Travel Store. Powell's Travel was reabsorbed into the main branch a couple years back.