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Friday, April 13, 2007

We know Y

Looks like the days are numbered for the Metro YMCA over at Duniway Park. It's too bad, in a way, because the place is a Portland landmark, and it's in an ideal spot for fitness fanatics. You run the track until you're in good enough shape to tackle Terwilliger hill.

But it's not surprising that the Y is going down, given the bad attitude that hung all over the place when the Mrs. and I were members. Unless they had a radical change in management, which I doubt, they got what they deserved.

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Too bad they just won't admit (or the press report) that decades of mismanagement has brought the organization to bankruptcy and they have no choice now but to sell off their assets. I'm surprised they held out this long.

Posted by tom | April 13, 2007 1:59 PM

What a nice place for a condo tower.


Posted by jim karlock | April 13, 2007 2:54 PM

It didn't help to have the tax exempt health club open in that first OHSU building in SoWa. I imagine that took away a lot of business.

Posted by John | April 13, 2007 2:55 PM

They were already limping along.

I have no doubt that when they knock down the Y, a condo tower will go up in its place. There's already high-rise senior housing on the other side of the track. Maybe Saltzman and Zantner can the Goodmans a deal on the Duniway land itself for a twin tower.

Posted by Jack Bog | April 13, 2007 3:45 PM

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I'm a mmeber of the Y and it's been incredibly convenient for me as I have an office just 7-8 blocks away. The facilities are pretty decent given the fees; and I really enjoy using the indoor walking area upstairs during the winter when it seemingly pours every day I go there.
I think the final straw for the Y was the poor handling of the pool roof collapse a few years ago. When the Y's insurance carrier dragged their feet on paying for a suitable replacement; the Y should have hired a laywer to bite the insurance people in the butt. Instead, they took their sweet time and left lots of users with no suitable alternative. A poor management decision by any measure.
Fortunately, the Y will continue to operate for the next three years according to the letter sent to members. That's fine with me, since that's about as long as I will likely be using this facility.

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