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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sneak preview of Portland public market

Everyone's excited about the new public market that's going to be built on property currently owned by Multnomah County at the west side of the Morrison Bridge in downtown Portland. The new facility will be named after James Beard, and apparently they're going to situate it near the MAX line. It will have all the signature features of vibrant, modern-day Portland. The city's planning consultants have come up with an interesting concept video, here. If the project pans out, it's really going to be something.

Comments (8)

Good one!

And just like MAX residents need to pay attention and jump out of the way of a train rolling down the middle of the street.

Don't worry, once the planners get hold of it, it'll be just as sterile (and over-priced) as any other public project.

Remember, this is Portland - Put a bird on it and call it art.

Jeeze, Jack I thought you were being serious. I just swallowed a large gulp of coffee when I played the video. You owe me a new notebook computer. Ha.

Portlanders are just not that ingenious.

I knew this video wasn't Portland when I didn't see any tattooed tweakers or that Welches guy.

Speaking of which, that Welches guy ought to try to get a city grant for becoming some sort of civic trademark. I can imagine if he were arrested that a certain class of people would come to his defense, saying that we had lost some of Portland's "urban flavor."

Nothing says "Portland" like an aggressive panhandler. Particularly one with an equally aggressive large dog.

We have a public market.

It's called Saturday Market.

Pioneer Place.

The Galleria.

Lloyd Center.

Cascade Station.

Clackamas Town Center.

Washington Square.

And any number of strip malls and even business districts like Sellwood, Hawthorne, Kenton, and Fremont.

Pike Place Market at least has a unique quality to it being in a very old warehouse style building near the waterfront and is well established; what is Portland's market going to have for it? Vancouver tried a "permanent" market which didn't last long, but its' weekends Farmers Market is still very popular. When I drive through the farmlands of Washington County I see many farms that have their own stands and shops which are popular each growing season. This "Portland Public Market" seems to be just another solution waiting for a problem...instead of actually fixing problems.

If Southeast Portland is a "food desert", shouldn't the priority be to put the public market there, where people live and eat?

Some of us remember the OLD public market; another project recreating what we once had and lost. Still, I think it has more merit than the "Sustainability Structure."

The first link I saw when I went to that site was "Click here to donate by credit card"

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