I find it fascinating that in response to an article about economic development, a male planner felt entirely comfortable telling me that the only thing of value about me is how developed my breasts and vagina are. In fact, he seemed downright proud about that observation, so much so that he signed his email to me with his company logo, telephone number and web address. What precipitated this completely unprofessional sexist email outrage that I quoted exactly in the headline? [Read more…] about The only feminist development I’d like to see is on your chest and between your legs…
You can look at commercial district revitalization in two ways: The first way, which is the common way, and unfortunately not the best way, is to hatch a scheme to get rid of everything that is under-performing and replace it with something else. Bulldoze it, and start over with a blank slate. This approach to economic revitalization is the cornerstone of many well-intentioned plans — the wholesale replacement of entire existing commercial ecosystems. It is also an approach that values typical male attributes: valuing big, valuing new, valuing the deal. This is truly a shame since these districts often have wonderful businesses, owned by locals, which serve as non-traditional anchors pulling from wide trade areas. [Read more…] about What’s so feminine about good revitalization of a commercial district?
This nondescript building in downtown Astoria, OR was hiding a surprise: a breathtaking expanse of clear span space with a rare domed lamella roof system. As unlikely as it appears on the exterior, this warehouse-like building was actually an Armory, constructed to provide entertainment for military personnel during World War II headquartered in this lovely Pacific Northwest spot — the gateway to the mighty Columbia River. [Read more…] about Oh the Stories They Could Tell…Astoria Armory Edition
There is a unique joy in walking through a building and experiencing what it was, understanding what it is now, and contemplating what it can be in the future. [Read more…] about Oh the Stories They Could Tell… “Is That a Beluga Whale?”
At the edge of the Pearl District, a mixed-use development at the corner of NW Everett Street and Park Avenue is poised to bring new energy into the North Park Blocks. [Read more…] about Lemon Hotel to infuse new life in the North Park Blocks
What is one of the first things I consider when I’m working in a mixed-use district, whether I’m helping private sector developers strategize acquisitions, or diagnosing and suggesting improvements to an economically underperforming city?
Redside Development, in a push to give the two historic office building at Southwest Third and Morrison streets a look that draws creative companies to downtown’s east side, [Read more…] about Redside Development Gives Historic Downtown Buildings a Redo
The Multnomah County commissioners on Thursday approved the sell of land at the west end of the Morrison Bridge to Melvin Mark Companies and nonprofit James Beard Public Market Foundation, reported the Oregonian. [Read more…] about Multnomah County Commissioners Approve Land Sale for Public Market
When he got his start in the grocery business with Fred Meyer decades ago, Gary Slabaugh said he knew EVERY property owner that surrounded the store where he worked. He knew them, their families, their kids’ birthdays. Part of managing the store was participating in, and being a member of, the surrounding community. Smart business if you are a retailer and property owner. [Read more…] about Retail, REITs and Cannibalization
Portland is offering a new tax amnesty program designed to help businesses delinquent in paying what they owe catch up. [Read more…] about Portland Unveils New Tax Amnesty Program for Businesses