Another Williams/Edling Land Grab in the Making
Anybody who pays attention to commercial real estate and development in Portland knows the names Homer Williams and Mark Edlen. Astute observers also know they’ve had their eyes on the Lincoln High School for a while. Now we find out that they’ve met with Erik Sten to discuss a land grab that would move Lincoln to an industrial waste land and open up Lincoln’s choice eleven acres to condo towers… subsidized by urban renewal dollars.
Tellingly, no school district leaders were involved in the talks. Given Sten’s failure to grasp how Portland Public Schools policy works at cross purposes with his ideation of affordable housing near strong neighborhoods schools, we should be very, very concerned.
Neighborhood schools activists have long suspected the motives of the district’s real estate policies. And the machinations of Homer Williams and Mark Edlen have been well chronicled on Jack Bog’s Blog.