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January 16th, 2002 David Shafer (compiler) | News Stories
 

If the city were to acquire the Galleria from the Naito family, what would be a good use for the place?

     
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Match the photo with the response. Answers below.


(A)
SUSAN LANDA, 40
Owner, The Fossil Cartel & Let It Bead,
North Portland


(B)
CRAIG CLARK, 27
Computer Administrator, New Avenues for Youth,
Vancouver, Wash.


(C)
PAUL BASSETT, 60
Owner, Avalon Antiques
and Vintage Clothing,

Southeast Portland


(D)
JAMES HARRISON, 35
Artist/designer,
"Slabtown"

ANSWER #1: "The city's been looking for a place to build an open market, a full-time farmers market; the Galleria would be a good place for something like that. We have three farmers markets a week during the summer, so there is a demand."

ANSWER #2: "The building itself is on the historic register, and the best thing about it is the faade. A radical idea would be to pull out the interior floors and walls, roof it with Bullseye glass and turn it into a public market or other cultural amenity."

ANSWER #3: "I think that what the Portland Development Commission was talking about--mixed-use office and retail--would be a good idea. Ideally, it would be three floors of local independent retailers. That was the original idea, but since Bill [Naito] died, things have changed."

ANSWER #4: "The city wants to acquire more property? I think that's bullshit. The city should be in the business of running the city--they're not doing that very well. They shouldn't be in the real-estate business or in retail. What are they going to do, trade two city parks to the Naitos?"

ANSWERS: #1-B, #2-D, #3-A, #4-C

 
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