The economics couldn't be any different when comparing Portland with Seattle/Bellevue. I occasionally check the http://www.skyscrapercity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=879
site (being a former resident of Seattle) and the construction activity up there is occuring at a pretty good clip...especially in comparison to that in Portland. There are numerous 30-40+ towers being designed for downtown Seattle and Bellevue and on target to start construction in 2013...and PAW still isn't finished? Seattle has always thought big and executed big.....Portland not so much. Give me a break.
Besides being home to more Fortune 500 companies the region has taken a more pronounced path to becoming an "International City" while Portland seems to be content with being the quirky & weird town portrayed in "Portlandia"..
Seriously where are the civic leaders who have a desire, and the will, to re-energize downtown Portland? Seriously..PAW should have been constructed at its original height (or truly become a signature tower and gone even taller.) Isn't it true that since the loss of the headquarters of U.S. Bancorp the CBD employment base is presently less than it was prior to the relocation. Salesforce (headquartered out of San Francisco) is looking to locate a branch in Portland just signed a lease for an entire tower (440,000 sq. ft.) in downtown San Francisco....Are the folks who are developing PAW talking to these people or similar creative types? Are they talking to Nike? Maybe consider changing the vision to accommodate living for seniors where the condo develop was to take place. The Mirabella has a large waiting list. Get some of these "well off seniors" to live downtown. I understand the U.S. Bancorp tower is converting many of their floor plans to be more appealing to "creative" types of corporations. (More open floor plans vs. office suites.)
I know the family tied to PAW are tied up in lidigation but, seriously, they shouldn't have been allowed to let that property sit. Sell it...I'm sure the foundation has been designed so that a newly designed tower can sit on top.
The Portland Business Journal is another example of the "small city" attitude. I have access to the other city journals and the PBJ, in comparison, is pathetic unless you have a great interest in reading about healthcare or insurance issues.
Portland, IMO, is not as agressive as other cities (Seattle and Bellevue, for example) in the creation of an exciting business/corporate attitude. Don"t get me wrong...there are a lot of things Portland has done quite well..better than most cities
but I feel frustrated that there seems to be a lack of vision and visionaries presently in PDX.
Now, I feel better after my year-end rant.. Happy New Year!