Detail, east Portland photo, courtesy Miles Hochstein / Portland Ground.

For old times' sake
The bojack bumper sticker -- only $1.50!

To order, click here.

Excellent tunes -- free! And on your browser right now. Just click on Radio Bojack!

E-mail us here.


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on August 14, 2008 6:44 AM. The previous post in this blog was Blazer curse continues. The next post in this blog is New Oregon biathlon. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.



Law and Taxation
How Appealing
TaxProf Blog
Mauled Again
Tax Appellate Blog
A Taxing Matter
Josh Marquis
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
The Yin Blog
Ernie the Attorney
Above the Law
The Volokh Conspiracy
Going Concern
Bag and Baggage
Wealth Strategies Journal
Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation
World of Work
The Faculty Lounge
Lowering the Bar
OrCon Law

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
The View Through the Windshield
Appliance Blog
The Bleat

Hap'nin' Gals
My Whim is Law
Lelo in Nopo
Attorney at Large
Linda Kruschke
The Non-Consumer Advocate
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place
A Pig of Success
Attorney at Large
Margaret and Helen
Kimberlee Jaynes
Cornelia Seigneur
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
Rantings of a [Censored] Bus Driver
Jeff Mapes
Vintage Portland
The Portlander
South Waterfront
Amanda Fritz
O City Hall Reporters
Guilty Carnivore
Old Town by Larry Norton
The Alaunt
Bend Blogs
Lost Oregon
Cafe Unknown
Tin Zeroes
David's Oregon Picayune
Mark Nelsen's Weather Blog
Travel Oregon Blog
Portland Daily Photo
Portland Building Ads
Portland Food and
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion

Retired from Blogging
Various Observations...
The Daily E-Mail
Saving James
Portland Freelancer
Furious Nads (b!X)
Izzle Pfaff
The Grich
Kevin Allman
AboutItAll - Oregon
Lost in the Details
Worldwide Pablo
Tales from the Stump
Whitman Boys
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
Stuff White People Like
Worst of the Web

Valuable Time-Wasters
My Gallery of Jacks
Litterbox, On the Prowl
Litterbox, Bag of Bones
Litterbox, Scratch
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
Willamette Week
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
Portland Info Net
McMinnville News Register
Lake Oswego Review
The Daily Astorian
Bend Bulletin
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Roseburg News-Review
Medford Mail-Tribune
Ashland Daily Tidings
Newport News-Times
Albany Democrat-Herald
The Eugene Weekly
Portland IndyMedia
The Columbian

The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Thursday, August 14, 2008

"Linchpin" alert! Peterson's garage to go 30-story condo tower

Hard to believe that they're still saying the "L" word over at the Portland Development Commission, but there it is. They'll cut 200 parking spaces out of downtown permanently, take 800 out of commission for a good long time (sending the frustrated shoppers over -- cha ching! -- to Tom Moyer), and of course, the taxpayers are on the hook for around $30 million in the preliminary liars' budget for the condo tower. Just what we need -- more condos! Another stunning economic development coup for the city government.

Comments (20)

I would like PDC prove to the Portland taxpayers that just a block away from Pioneer Square and Nordstrom we have "blight". The parking structure is not "blight". And using $30 Million of taxpayer dollars is corruption.

Joke's on me: I thought you were just kidding about the word "linchpin."

An "emergency latrine?" If that isn't Portland-speak in an attempt to puff up and justify this project that has the City's blessing, I don't know what else is.

I didn't catch why the City needs to kick in $30M to actually lose 200 parking spaces to a private developer . . . can I get them to pay me to tear my house down, build a new one, sell it, and keep all the money?

I think the budget cuts at the Oregonian made them sell the word "linchpin."

As of Saturday, the Oregonian has opted for the more parsimonious word "cog."

The Portland Development Commission is working with a private developer on a plan to remake the parking deck to attract more upscale stores. They view improving the neighborhood around Peterson's as a vital cog in the health of downtown's retail scene -- and the store as a major detriment to those efforts.

Cog, linchpin. There all vital underpants to me.

Boy, Potter will do anything to get Petersen's out of there!

I'm sure that the Galleria MAX stop will be much nicer once they replace Petersen's with a huge hole in the ground and construction fencing.

Gotta go deep before you can go high!

Wasn't this garage the reason why they could replace a parking lot with Portland's living room?

It seem only logical that if the parking garage goes then Pioneer Square must be torn out and replaced with a 'vital cog' of cheap parking.

The Park Avenue West (around 30 stories above ground) will be a very narrow across-the-street distance away from this 30 floor tower. And with 8 levels of parking, it sounds like at least half of it will be above ground. Not a good use of air space. I agree it's a stretch to say there is blight here, and I'm not happy about 30 million of taxpayer dollars going to anything on that block. Another block (North of Galleria, for example?) YES.

I just can't get past the fact that two 30 floor towers are going to be that narrow street apart from one another.

"I just can't get past the fact that two 30 floor towers are going to be that narrow street apart from one another."

Well, if the pearl is "Fake Greenwich Village" perhaps downtown is turning into "Fake Manhattan" ?

It's sort like they're all sitting around thinking up ways to screw up the downtown retail environment even more than they already have. The typical American shopper goes to the store in their car to buy stuff and they need a place to park it when they get there. If yet even more stores are built while taking away more parking in the process it makes the entire shopping experience that much more undesirable for the vast majority who do not live within walking distance of the downtown area. The entire Peterson's/urine in the stairwells thing is nothing that hiring a few $12/hr. security guards won't cure.

So now we know the real reason for going after Peterson's. It wasn't because there was all that much trouble, it was simply because he was in the way of building a bunch of Condos that no one will live in. Has no one at the PDC looked recently at the vacancy statistics for condo developments? Perhaps the city shouldn't invest any money in this boondoggle and let the developer decide if it is worthwhile to spend their own money and time to build them.

Since we're on the subject, what are the plans for the Greek Cuisina's block? Another 30 floor condo tower? The city is going after them as hard as they are going after Peterson's

I am so glad that I live in Southeast and no longer work Downtown, not that I could get there very easily once the Sellwood bridge falls into the river and the roads continue to fall apart while the PDC spends tax-payer money on condo's that no one will live in because the great Tri-Met rebuild (read:destruction) of the transit mall makes it nearly impossible to get to their new condo digs. The thought of all of this and the other useless projects that my money has paid for just gets me incredibly angry.

How long has it been since the heavy traffic had been moved off of the Sellwood Bridge?

Yet there still is no plan in place to replace the Sellwood Bridge?

How many cars a day still go over the span?

Yet there still is no plan in place to replace the Sellwood Bridge?

I see that the Hawthorne, Broadway and Burnside bridges all were rebuilt and/or repaired recently.

Yet there still is no plan in place to replace the Sellwood Bridge?

Best Regards,

34,000 vehicles a day cross the Sellwood bridge.

Whatever is happening it's a model for the nation planning. If you have any doubts just ask Admas or Metro.

I can't really cry over less parking downtown. Maybe it will encourage a few more people to take transit or bike to work instead of clogging up the streets in single passengers vehicles at rush hour.

The timing on this one is peculiar.

My understanding is that the Andrews family (ie, Scott Andrews - the newly appointed member of the PDC Board) is very friendly with the Goodman Family (the family that owns 90% of the parking spaces in downtown).

This seems to be a nice bit of timing. I saw a short piece in the Oregonian business section the other day. It was an interview with Greg Goodman in which Mr. Goodman denied rumors that the parking business was falling off downtown because more people are taking the MAX to work and gas prices were driving down commutes.

There is a pretty severe economic slowdown in the works. We are seeing the very begining of it. And the monied downtown interests will start hunkering down and consolidating as best they can.

This coordination of efforts (cancelling out 600 available spaces for a year or so while more condos are built) is a nice double benefit for the Andrews/Goodman team. It's a win-win for them - less parking to compete with Goodman's spots for a few years on the front end; cash to Andrews and the developers on the back end. And just for good measure - a nice $30M F.U. to the tax-paying citizenry.

Never mind that there's already an extreme glut of condos downtown. Just keep building them on taxpayer funds anyway. "Something about sustainability..." said the PDC as they laughed all the way to the bank in a drunken haze brought on by reckless borrowing and profligate spending.

Watch for events like this in the coming year. Some people just have it wired.

Reggie Theus.

Unbelievable. Can't repair the Sellwood Bridge, or put sidewalks on Cully, but we can afford to give away one of the choicest blocks in downtown along with a deal sweetener of $30 million (add a zero, probably) for an "incentive".

The public officials that approved this should be in jail.

I can't really cry over less parking downtown. Maybe it will encourage a few more people to take transit or bike to work instead of clogging up the streets in single passengers vehicles at rush hour.

Or, maybe it will encourage a few more companies to take their jobs, get the hell out of downtown, and save thousands of dollars in taxes. Maybe it will encourage a few thousand people to give up shopping in downtown altogether and take their disposable income to the 'burbs. And maybe it will cause more of those linchpin condos to sit empty because fewer and fewer people want to deal with the city's vision of utopia.

These indoor ski mountains are the coming thing. They've already got a freakin' huge one in Dubai, of all places:

"Since we're on the subject, what are the plans for the Greek Cuisina's block? Another 30 floor condo tower? The city is going after them as hard as they are going after Peterson's."

Now that you mention it, there's a Peterson's next door to Greek Cusina. Hmm...

The blight issue needs to be tested in court. First, begin with an LCDC challenge, then Appeals Court, then the Oregon Supreme Court. It is a doable endeavor that can finally bring attention to the misuse of Urban Renewal by this city.

Why ruin the Urban Renewal concept that has it's rightful place? I'll contribute, are there others?


As a lawyer/blogger, I get
to be a member of:

In Vino Veritas

Lange, Pinot Gris 2015
Kiona, Lemberger 2014
Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris 2015
Aix, Rosé de Provence 2016
Marchigüe, Cabernet 2013
Inazío Irruzola, Getariako Txakolina Rosé 2015
Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio 2015
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Kirkland, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Cantele, Salice Salentino Reserva 2013
Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013
Avissi, Prosecco
Cleto Charli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Vecchia Modena
Pique Poul, Rosé 2016
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Rosé 2016
Stoller, Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Chehalem, Inox Chardonnay 2015
The Four Graces, Pinot Gris 2015
Gascón, Colosal Red 2013
Cardwell Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
L'Ecole No. 41, Merlot 2013
Della Terra, Anonymus
Willamette Valley, Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2013
Wraith, Cabernet, Eidolon Estate 2012
Januik, Red 2015
Tomassi, Valpolicella, Rafaél, 2014
Sharecropper's Pinot Noir 2013
Helix, Pomatia Red Blend 2013
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2013
Locations, Spanish Red Wine
Locations, Argentinian Red Wine
La Antigua Clásico, Rioja 2011
Shatter, Grenache, Maury 2012
Argyle, Vintage Brut 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16 Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2014
Benton Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
Primarius, Pinot Gris 2015
Januik, Merlot 2013
Napa Cellars, Cabernet 2013
J. Bookwalter, Protagonist 2012
LAN, Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2009
Denada Cellars, Cabernet, Maipo Valley 2014
Marchigüe, Cabernet, Colchagua Valley 2013
Oberon, Cabernet 2014
Hedges, Red Mountain 2012
Balboa, Rose of Grenache 2015
Ontañón, Rioja Reserva 2015
Three Horse Ranch, Pinot Gris 2014
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
Nelms Road, Merlot 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris 2014
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2012
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2013
Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
G3, Cabernet 2013
Chateau Smith, Cabernet, Washington State 2014
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16
Willamette Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, Whole Clusters 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2012
Goodfellow, Reserve Pinot Gris, Clover 2014
Lugana, San Benedetto 2014
Wente, Cabernet, Charles Wetmore 2011
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
King Estate, Pinot Gris 2015
Adelsheim, Pinot Gris 2015
Trader Joe's, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
La Vite Lucente, Toscana Red 2013
St. Francis, Cabernet, Sonoma 2013
Kendall-Jackson, Pinot Noir, California 2013
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
Erath, Pinot Noir, Estate Selection 2012
Abbot's Table, Columbia Valley 2014
Intrinsic, Cabernet 2014
Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2010
Occhipinti, SP68 Bianco 2014
Layer Cake, Shiraz 2013
Desert Wind, Ruah 2011
WillaKenzie, Pinot Gris 2014
Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2013
Des Amis, Rose 2014
Dunham, Trautina 2012
RoxyAnn, Claret 2012
Del Ri, Claret 2012
Stoppa, Emilia, Red 2004
Primarius, Pinot Noir 2013
Domaines Bunan, Bandol Rose 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Deer Creek, Pinot Gris 2015
Beaulieu, Rutherford Cabernet 2013
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
King Estate, Pinot Gris, Backbone 2014
Oberon, Napa Cabernet 2013
Apaltagua, Envero Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
Chateau des Arnauds, Cuvee des Capucins 2012
Nine Hats, Red 2013
Benziger, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Roxy Ann, Claret 2012
Januik, Merlot 2012
Conundrum, White 2013
St. Francis, Sonoma Cabernet 2012

The Occasional Book

Phil Stanford - Rose City Vice
Kenneth R. Feinberg - What is Life Worth?
Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Amy Stewart - Girl Waits With Gun
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America
Norm Macdonald - Based on a True Story
Christopher Buckley - Boomsday
Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
Ruth Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Claire Vaye Watkins - Gold Fame Citrus
Markus Zusak - I am the Messenger
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
James Joyce - Dubliners
Cheryl Strayed - Torch
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 113
At this date last year: 155
Total run in 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
In 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

Clicky Web Analytics