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The OB Poll: Dumping on JumpTown

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Poll wrap-up
Thursday, November 12, 2009

If you’re among those who love the Trail Blazer’s idea to redevelop the area around Memorial Coliseum into a mixed-use sports and entertainment district, this news won’t make you happy. Almost half the respondents to this week’s poll question about the JumpTown redevelopment idea say it would be a waste of taxpayer’s money.

“Imagine JumpTown” is a campaign for what should happen to the neighborhood around the coliseum. This past week, the city of Portland started accepting concept applications and the Trail Blazers are pushing their idea with a new website called Imagine: JumpTown. Portland Mayor Sam Adams is asking for public input on projects for the area.

One resident writing in the Oregonian calls the JumpTown idea a sad legacy for urban renewal: “Forty-five years on, the Rose Quarter dead zone feels like urban renewal chickens coming home to roost. If public money is ‘essential’ to JumpTown's success, perhaps the city should think about spending instead where people actually live — maybe just to the north in the remnants of the original JumpTown.”

Oregon Business managing editor Ben Jacklet is a fan of the idea. His blog on the topic hopes for a better future: “The Rose Quarter lies roughly halfway between my home and my office, and every time I roll past I wonder how such a prime piece of urban property can manage to be so very lame, in so many ways … It makes sense for the city and the Blazers to redevelop the quarter into something that reflects the soul of the city, because there’s really nowhere to go but up. The neighborhood just hasn’t been the same since it got bulldozed.”

As with many redevelopment efforts, this one has its controversies. Stay tuned.

 

 

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Elaine
0 #1 Imagine JumpTown and a Music ProjectElaine 2010-01-29 15:58:09
One of the concepts for the colliseum has been proposed by native Oregonian, Tyson Staab. He is about to graduate with his Degree in Architecture from U of O and has been influenced from local Jazz & Blues his entire life. His proposal "Memorial Concert Hall" focuses on furthering Education of Music for our Inter-City Youth. If the Coliseum was a Center for Music education, music history site and a place where local artists would hold concert performances, it would reinvigorate and expose children to genres of music...we may see Portland continue to produce a wealth of talented musicians.

Tyson Staab's Idea; The Memorial Concert Hall

*DESIGN TO SPLIT THE FACILITY WITH 3-CONCERT HALLS; *MUSIC EDUCATION WING WITH CLASS ROOMS;
*MUSEUM DEDICATED THE RICH HISTORY OF THE AREA'S MUSIC
*MUSIC RETAIL STORES AND RESTAURANTS
*OUTDOORS-ONE SIDE WOULD HAVE A PLAZA/SQUARE
*OUTDOORS-OTHER SIDE A SMALL AMPHITHEATER FOR OUTSIDE PERFORMANCES

Bring it on Tyson!!
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Linda McNeill
0 #2 Imagine Jumptown as a Teen Center!Linda McNeill 2010-02-01 14:25:23
Greetings!

Tyson's idea has a lot of value and it would be even more valuable it the venue included a wide variety of learning opportunities for teens.

Why not include classrooms for learning how to get a job or an internship? Connecting with the business community on the west side of town?

Why not have a meeting place for employees to volunteer their time to share their expertise with youth?

Teens need the support of our entire community and this location provides the opportunity for a multitude of players to become involved in a large-scale youth support project.

We will be glad to volunteer our time to talk about this, and similar, options!
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