Randy Gragg’s 2004 Portland Architecture Recap

In last Sunday’s Oregonian Randy Gragg had a great article about the current state of Portland architecture. Covering a bit of history, the frightening impacts of Measure 37, and the future large scale projects coming up, I feel like this one article gives me an overview of Portland.

Two pillars of urban planning fall by Randy Gragg.

4 Comments so far

  1. Cat (unregistered) on December 29th, 2004 @ 12:07 pm

    (psst…it’s Gragg, not Gregg)

  2. Mikey (unregistered) on December 29th, 2004 @ 12:09 pm



  3. The One True b!X (unregistered) on December 29th, 2004 @ 4:48 pm

    He kind of bungles this one, actually. There’s nothing to indicate at this stage that Goodman’s switcheroo on light rail is a sign of things to come, or evidence that some part of the Portland planning process is unravelled.

    What various media outlets pointed out was that Goodman didn’t change sides on the light rail “local improvement district” matter until after City Council took part of the downtown parking garage empire away from him.

    It’s called political payback, not the City’s planning process coming apart at the seams.

    So, I don’t particularly believe Gragg got this one right.

  4. Mikey (unregistered) on December 29th, 2004 @ 5:43 pm

    Interesting that he doesn’t get into that. Maybe he didn’t want to get into the politics of it? I was sort of surprised at how political he got, and I want more of this “whole picture” kind of piece. Even with that omission I still think it’s a good article (criteria being that it got me interested and started me doing my own research).

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