Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Memorial Coliseum is spared.....for now

In today's news from the Oregonian website comes word that the great Sam Adams has spared the Coliseum from the wrecking ball. Thanks to near-unanimous opposition to the plan of knocking down the "Glass Palace" to site a AAA baseball team, the mayor has decided to back off and has set his sights on the Lents Park area for the new stadium.

While this is great news and everyone involved in stopping this should give themselves a pat on the back, the fight is not over. The Portland Trailblazer organization has now come up with a grand plan to turn the Rose Quarter into a "entertainment district", whatever that means. But the crucial part of this is that the plan includes possibly gutting the M.C. for some undetermined purpose related to the new district , and from what I can gather plans are not available to the public as of yet. And of course they will need the public's help in paying for all of this. To quote the article:

"It's unclear how much a Rose Quarter redesign would cost. But in preliminary talks, the Blazers have said their plans for an entertainment district that includes bars, restaurants and nightclubs could run as much as $100 million. The team would surely seek some public investment", J.E. Isaac, the Blazer senior vice president for business affairs, has said.

This is not over by a long shot.

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