- Is there no other spot in the city that could host the new baseball stadium?
- Why does Sam Adams think the new "entertainment district" would work there? Anyone else remember 'Cucina Cucina'? Enough said.
- Why does the idea of spending money to modernize the Memorial Coliseum seem to be out of the question? The city seems to have no trouble finding money for the PGE Park/baseball stadium funding. And lets not forget all of the other wacky investments that the city has made with absolutely no return for the taxpayers. How is that tram working out Sam?
- Randy Leonard has got to be the most hard-headed politician of all time. By his reasoning we should just level the Coliseum because its electrical and other systems need upgrading. If that were the case, at least half of the residential homes in Portland would be demolished and Home Depot would be out of business.
- I have nothing against building new stadiums if the business model will work, but why level a perfectly fine building that is a local landmark just to site a minor-league stadium that will sit empty most of the year? Talk about an eyesore.
- Is it just me or does the Memorial Coliseum not just scream 'Portland'? Contrary to what a few people have been saying on some of the Internet forums, the Coliseum is in remarkably nice condition considering the age and how much use the venue has seen. The views from the concourse are amazing and the design of the building has held up very well considering the age. If it was just a typical old cement sports arena (like the old 'Salt Palace'....sorry Salt Lake) I might feel differently.
- On a positive note I think there is a small glimmer of hope in that some of Portland's 'creative class' and artists (Thomas of Pink Martini) have come out in favor of saving the Coliseum and I am really hoping that their support will add some needed credibility to the cause. We all know that the veterans have been pretty much ignored and kept out of the process regarding the new plans.
- On top of everything else, politicians want to feel liked. Does Dan Saltzman REALLY want to be known as the guy who killed Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum? Only time will tell.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Some Random Thoughts
After watching and reading coverage of tonight's 'open house' which was held for the purpose of allowing citizens to view plans for the proposed baseball stadium at the Rose Quarter and to ask Mayor Adams questions, I am left feeling somewhat angry and disillusioned. From all accounts not one person spoke up in favor of the idea. And from the polls that I have seen, most Portlanders are against the plan of demolishing the Memorial Coliseum. Below are just some random thoughts of mine and please feel free to leave any comments about them.