Rudolph Gets His Red Nose on Friday

Old Town's "Made in Oregon" sign, now the "Portland, Oregon" sign, will illuminate downtown once again starting this Friday after a two-year battle between the University of Oregon and the City of Portland for control of the sign. At Friday's ceremony to christen the new version of the old sign, city officials will also turn the white stag's nose red, temporarily turning the deer into "Rudolph" ...   More
Monday, November 22, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Big Change Proposed to "Made in Oregon" Sign

Ramsay Signs, Inc. wants to re-brand the ubiquitous and beloved Made in Oregon sign at the west end of the Burnside Bridge to read "University of Oregon," in honor of the new tenants on the White Stag block. Ramsay, which still owns the sign, has submitted a pre-application conference notice to the city's Bureau of Development Services that would change the sign text and only the text. The ...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

Mercy Corps: "Is This The Way The City of Portland Works?"

Mercy Corps, which is soon moving into new headquarters in Old Town, had an interesting take on the "Made in Oregon" sign debate and its connection to a largely unrelated parking lease in a tentative deal between the city and the University of Oregon. When Mercy Corps moves into its new headquarters, the university will be the humanitarian group's new neighbor. Both the university and Mercy ...   More
Thursday, June 4, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Updated: Landmarks Commission Rejects "Made in Oregon" Proposal

The city's Historic Landmarks Commission today unanimously rejected the University of Oregon's proposal to change the "Made in Oregon" sign on the west bank of the Willamette River, despite Commissioner Randy Leonard's campaign on behalf of the city this spring to strike a compromise deal with the university (pictured above) on the sign's wording. Leonard was not immediately available for comment ...   More
Monday, July 13, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Signs of The Times: University of Oregon Wants An Extension to Decisions on Downtown Signs

The University of Oregon wants a 120-day extension for today's vote on its proposed changes to the Made in Oregon sign and water tower. The city's Historic Landmarks Commission was scheduled today at 1:30 pm to hear U of O's appeal to the council's to formalize their tentative July 13 rejection of the university's proposal. The university wanted to change the sign's lettering from "Made in Oregon" ...   More
Monday, July 27, 2009 Katie Litvin

"Made in Oregon" Saga Sounds Its Death Rattle.

In response to the University of Oregon's August proposal, Mayor Sam Adams and the university have officially dissolved their compromise agreement on the Made in Oregon sign. That decision yesterday means the parking lot under the west end of the Burnside Bridge next to the university's Portland campus is no longer part of the deal, Adams says. (Back in April, Commissioner Randy Leonard had ...   More
Friday, September 25, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Made in Oregon's "Public Option"

Two weeks ago, WW first reported the "Made in Oregon" sign had been turned off owing to a dispute among city officials, the University of Oregon, the owner of the White Stag building and the owner of the sign. Then The Oregonian reported an additional twist. Commissioner Randy Leonard, in a second attempt to bring the sign under the city's control, would support what the O called a "public option" ...   More
Thursday, October 29, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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