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Old Posted Mar 20, 2012, 3:48 PM
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EB, for employment-based, awards green cards to investors who contribute $500,000 to $41 million to projects that create or preserve at least 10 U.S. jobs.
Am I understanding this program correctly? Rich foreigners can buy their way into the US by helping finance a building?
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Old Posted Mar 20, 2012, 5:23 PM
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Yup!

Canada has a similar program, but you only need to invest $100,000 to buy a green card. Actually, they require it. Thats why Canada doesn't have the poor immigrant program - they only accept wealthy immigrants.
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Old Posted Mar 21, 2012, 3:51 AM
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Sadly, I'd bet a lot of countries do this. It's a way of importing capital, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's morally questionable (pitting it mildly) since it widens the gap between the haves and the have nots (or as George Bush would say, The Haves And The Have Mores (while pretending the Have Nots don't exist).
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 3:49 AM
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Hey guys, I am in the process of restructuring a website I own; http://www.pearlhelp.com/ (for the Pearl District). Do you have any recommendations? What kind of content would you like to read on such a website?

So far my plans include a better search system, like Yelp. I also just hired a blogger to write more frequently... so she'll be writing about all the Pearl projects!

I will take any feedback
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 3:43 PM
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^That's a great website! Very easy to use, I appreciate the simplicity in the design.

On your landing page I'd try to populate more stories on your "Pearl District News." If I was just a random visitor in town, two stories, one about a swimwear company and the other about MuRdEr, YIKES!

Also, for at the least the Eating/Shopping/Hotels I'd add in a rating system. Instead of the overused stars, how about pearls? I give this restaurant 5 pearls. LOL! I don't know. I do like the idea of a locally run Yelp like site, keep up the good work.

(Also, I think it's find your digs, not dig?)
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 8:27 PM
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Also, for at the least the Eating/Shopping/Hotels I'd add in a rating system. Instead of the overused stars, how about pearls? I give this restaurant 5 pearls. LOL! I don't know. I do like the idea of a locally run Yelp like site, keep up the good work.
The pearl rating system is a great idea! I will look into this.

The search will be just like Yelp: Search 'What' Near 'Where' (two search boxes)
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Old Posted Apr 14, 2012, 4:41 AM
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Apartment building proposed at former Powell's Technical Books site in the Pearl District

http://www.oregonlive.com/front-porc...lanned_at.html

tl;dr - 7 stories, LRS
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Old Posted Apr 14, 2012, 3:03 PM
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Great news for an incredible site. We can hope the best for the design and it would be an incredible opportunity for some height to capture views above the tree line of the park.
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Apartment building proposed at former Powell's Technical Books site in the Pearl District

http://www.oregonlive.com/front-porc...lanned_at.html

tl;dr - 7 stories, LRS
Let's hope for a good design. LRS is not always so inspiring. That said, what a great site. The North Park Blocks is perhaps the most under-realized part of Downtown. The potential there is incredible given the proximity, the green space, and the building stock.
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With more housing and retail this area could easily become one of the most vibrant and desirable places to live/hang out.
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Old Posted Apr 15, 2012, 5:58 PM
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With more housing and retail this area could easily become one of the most vibrant and desirable places to live/hang out.
Very true, but the area need more larger destination retail--like the REI and Safeway a few blocks away. A lot of the small retailers in the North Pearl don't do very well because there's not enough foot traffic. It would be great to see some larger players in the neighborhood.
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Whoa. Anyone know about Lever?

""We're all very aware that could change in a heartbeat," Powell said. "We don't want to be on the other end of that."

^^^ wise man
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The principle at Lever is ex-Allied Works, and the jury at the last AIA Portland awards couldn't say enough nice things about their Animation Studio in California (front page of their website). So.... may turn out somewhat better than PSU's efforts.
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Maybe Brad Cloepfil will be the Rem Koolhas of the PNW and crank out talent.
Smart project for student housing. It happens on the crossroads of the park blocks to PSU and Powells for research.
I admit though at first glance the image of this project reminded me of the Marriott project by SERA near the USBank tower. I am pretty confident, that whoever made this choice, this is a good project for LRS to team up on.
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Maybe Brad Cloepfil will be the Rem Koolhas of the PNW and crank out talent.
Maybe? He already is. Relatively speaking.
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Maybe? He already is. Relatively speaking.
Time will tell.
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Maybe Brad Cloepfil will be the Rem Koolhas of the PNW and crank out talent.
Smart project for student housing. It happens on the crossroads of the park blocks to PSU and Powells for research.
I admit though at first glance the image of this project reminded me of the Marriott project by SERA near the USBank tower. I am pretty confident, that whoever made this choice, this is a good project for LRS to team up on.
Ah-ha! I KNEW it looked familiar but I couldn't put my finger on it! Take the Marriott and throw in a just a pinch of the geometry of the Weave and there you have it.
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