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When I say "native inhabitance" I meant to say inhabitants, and I don't mean humans.
This wildlife area is the largest and most pristine natural environment available to the residents of Hayden Island. What if the city wanted to develop “just part” of Macleay Park in the name of jobs? You know it would never even be suggested partly due to the affluent surrounding neighborhoods. There are many locations in Oregon and Washington that could support this facility with much less impact to the natural environment and those areas also need jobs. The resulting patchwork of habitat on Hayden Island would be a death sentence for many of the native inhabitance of the island. A change of this magnitude should not be passed by a lame duck mayor. This is about the rich and powerful at the Port feathering their nest at the expense of the politically weak and environmentally defenseless. When are we getting Ross Island back again? Here is a blog with an image of the project and other good information: http://www.neighborhoodnotes.com/news/2011/09/west_hayden_island_concept_plans_ released_for_public_review/ Thank you for the post.
Did they save any historic detailing from the interior? Looks like a different building on the inside. I imagine the families living downtown would like to have their elementary school back.
Nice post. I think you are right to question the conflict of interest. Some people think publicly acknowledging a potential conflict of interest somehow clears an individual and an institution of the effects of that conflict. I don’t.
My neighborhood also “suffers” the effects of I-5 and Barbur Blvd, but no remedies in the 20 years I have lived here. In the same year the city built the tram (when a bus could have worked) the city also supported closing my neighborhood’s exceptional, well-attended elementary school, to which my children could walk or bike. Instead busing our children through the I-5 / Barbur Blvd / Capital Hwy tangle to a seismically unsafe school that district now says should be torn-down. As a parent and walker, I wouldn't live in a neighborhood without a neighborhood school, but ours was stolen by apathetic city planners. Not even a plan for a pedestrian bridge. This is about spending priorities and outlying neighborhoods (and their taxes) being taken for granted. What happened to all those perfectly serviceable bus stops downtown that TriMet “needed” to replace? We could use them in the other neighborhoods.
As a resident of SW Portland with two daughters who use TriMet regularly, I am frustrated seeing my bus service cut-back and stops eliminated, in the same the year city plans for sidewalks on major arterials in SW are cancelled. My daughters will have to walk or bike a gravel shoulder on Taylor Ferry to get to the Barbur Transit Center unless I drive them. In contrast, there was apparently money to convert the Barbur Transit Center parking lot medians to bioswales. While I support bioswales in general, of course I place to safety of my children far above transit center bioswales. Riders could more easily bare the months of construction and disruption for the bioswales project if they didn’t see their bus lines being cut at the same time. I wonder how many sidewalks could have been built for the cost of the new Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge. However without a pedestrian bridge, South Waterfront Park would only have a Trolley line, an aerial tram and a NEW Max line. I think the PDC calls that “blight.”
In the “List” of “in” stuff and “out” stuff that Ms. Judkis references in her Post article, Portland shares the “out” section with tigers, organic vodka, Adele, Greek yogurt and backyard beehives. With tigers facing extinction, now we learn they are also out of “style.” How inane.
We need a study comparing the cost of Timberline Lodge to the economic return in both direct and indirect ways. Not only is Timberline the center of a fantastic state park and successful recreational area, it is also one of the most important symbols of Oregon. Why isn’t it used as an example of what the government has done and should be doing? The fact this valuable lodge was created in an effort the train poor homeless people skills to transform their lives, makes Timberline’s contribution that much more inspiring. I feel Timberline Lodge should be held high as an example of what can be done by a visionary government, leveraging the hopes of underprivileged Americans and even recycled materials, to connect citizens to their natural environment, healthy recreation while celebrating and reinforcing the rustic historical image of Oregon. My dream would be for the Federal Government to create a new National Park from the peak of Mt. Hood to the Columbia River with the theme of the balance between wilderness preserves, recreation and green energy, such as dams, wind, thermal and solar. I am pretty sure there are no National Parks that address this theme and it seems they could address this balance between Man and Nature better than anyone. As well, this area contains or could contain all the forms of green energy I mentioned.
Since this building is for exhibiting art, see examples of the proposed gallery spaces here: http://www.e-architect.co.uk/switzerland/museum_in_lausanne.htm
When I was a child growing up in suburban Detroit my father worked in an industrial design firm sharing a small building with Minoru Yamasaki’s architecture office. It was while Yamasaki was designing the World Trade Center. At that time the World Trade Center and the film “2001: A Space Odyssey” represented to me the exciting future American children would inherit. It is so ironic to me that the year 2001 will be remembered for the destruction of the WTC this symbol of the future and the year 2001 is now emblematic of the challenged world we did in fact inherit. The human loss was so great from the 9-11 attack that I feel guilty morning the loss of the building. It was due to my father that I felt personally connected to the WTC. I loved visiting my father’s design office, and on one visit I was able to meet and talk to Mr. Yamasaki. My father first took me to the WTC construction site when it was a very large hole in the ground, next when it was partly constructed and so on every few years on our visits to my grandparents in Leonia NJ. On the bus ride from Leonia to Manhattan the first sight of the city was the WTC rising up above the tree covered palisades. When standing at the corner of the building it is the only place I have experience lines receding up ¼ mile so they appear to be curving over your head. Yamasaki must have intentionally placed the towers to perfectly frame and contrast the Woolworth building when viewed from the harbor. I’ll never forget the bright white, inconceivably open ground floor lobbies complimenting the massive towers they anchor. I have always found the elegant simplicity of Yamasaki’s forms and materials beautiful and inspiring.
I have mixed feelings about the proposed Portland school bond measure. On one hand, I think Portland’s schools have been neglected over the last couple decades and I know it would be prudent to replace many windows and furnaces. On the other hand I want to be sure PPS is getting the most out of the schools they have, and they are not rebuilding elementary schools too large and too reliant on busing children. Having properly sized schools for each neighborhood is critical to Portland’s “20-minute neighborhood” vision and provide more children with the opportunity to walk or bike developing a healthy lifestyle early in life. In past decades attendance in the Crestwood neighborhood was shifted from Smith Elementary School to Markham across the freeway. More recently Smith School in Ashcreek Neighborhood was closed to shift more catchment across the freeway to the large Markham school. If feel these decisions damaged PPS’s reputation and attendance far worse than school administrators are willing to admit, particularly with the admitted poor condition of Markham. This is the time to reevaluate the decisions that closed smaller efficient schools like Smith, Applegate, and Hollyrood, before we spend a half billion dollars on capital improvements which may not mesh with our transportation and livability goals.
I wonder if Oregon could get a loan guarantee from the Feds to finance exploration of possible geothermal sources. I know geothermal is not perfect, but it has the potential of being much cleaner than nuclear. Energy efficiency is an area in which architects have made a good contribution to solving our energy problem, but I think a lot more can be done particularly with existing housing and building.
Yes we have a massive water mill, but at a devastating cost to our culture and the natural environment. This project has no such impact.
This type of project is exactly what we should be doing, with relatively low cost and low risk and inherently environmentally friendly. There must be hundreds of opportunities to extract energy from streams and storm water run-off in Portland's hills. I also think it is very clever that the energy is generated when and where it is needed, so when more waste treatment is needed more energy is naturally produced. We are spending billions to build a pipe to move Portland’s sewage and storm water to North Portland. Could the “big pipe” have turbines?
I like the idea of the floor, but I think I would like a lighter, lower contrast pattern. The green Oregon logo in a sea of brown reminds me of faux antique leather sponge painting.
When you say Marshall “will face budget-necessitating end to its existence,” I think it is important to point out that the reason PPS gave for the “high school redesign” process was to make curriculum offering more equitable between schools. The superintendent now willingly concedes that closing schools saves very little money since these building must be heated and maintained and you still have to educate the children, just in a more distant location to which more children must be bused. Although, the State of Oregon subsidizes bus travel so that helps defer the additional transportation costs. Closing a school is like ripping a hole in the fabric of a neighborhood, and like the effect of species extinction on an ecosystem, a closure can have broad and unexpected results. Some of the closure costs that are not accounted for are the moneys lost due to people leaving the district or choosing private schools due to the “game of musical chairs” and the doomsday rhetoric that often accompanies school closure decisions. It has been a while since I have heard PPS mention curriculum equity in relation to the redesign, so they may be backing away from this noble goal due to hard times and needing to appear to be addressing the budget issue.
As a part of your series of posts about the just-completed decade, I hope you cover the aspects of Portland’s architecture that have been neglected over the last decade (or two), like Portland public schools, and the idea that people want a safe neighborhood elementary school to which their children can walk or bike. Or that overcoming extreme disparities in school facilities is and always has been the City of Portland’s business. South Waterfront neighborhood symbolizes Portland’s pandering to developers at the expense of maintaining the neighborhood livability that has made Portland famous.
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Dec 13, 2010