Adams Announces Proposed Locations for Baseball: Bye-Bye Memorial Coliseum

About 30 people met all day Monday and Tuesday, at Mayor Sam Adams' direction, to design a new Rose Quarter district that would accommodate a new stadium for both Merritt Paulson's AAA baseball Beavers and the Trail Blazers' longstanding plans for an entertainment zone. And this afternoon, Adams publicly announced at a 4 p.m. press conference what was previously just a possibility: That the ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

New Era of Good Feelings? Adams' First City Council Meeting Without Protesters

For the first time in several weeks there were no community members signed up at this morning's City Council session to address Mayor Sam Adams' relationship with Beau Breedlove. Instead, the first person to speak in this new Era of Good Feelings during the introductory moments of public testimony was Kristine Akins. She wanted to commend the mayor for helping her small business connect with city ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

What Toronto Learned about MLS that Portland Hasn't?

Mayor Sam Adams is moving fast on plans to tear down Memorial Coliseum and start construction on a new minor-league baseball stadium for Merritt Paulson in the Rose Quarter. At the same time, city leaders and Paulson are trying to finalize Paulson's other plans -- to rebuild PGE Park for his new Major League Soccer team. During a two-day planning process convened by the mayor earlier this week ...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Adams' Savvy Move? The Mayor's Public Meeting on the Rose Quarter

On Tuesday, April 14, Mayor Sam Adams is hosting an "open house" with the public to discuss his quickly-developed plans to tear down Memorial Coliseum and build a minor-league baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter. With only days to go before City Council is expected to vote on the project on April 22, business owners from around the Rose Quarter already have questions for the mayor. "I am concerned ...   More
Friday, April 10, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Bloggers, Architects Rally Against Memorial Coliseum Demolition

Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard may think tearing down Portland's 49-year-old Memorial Coliseum to make room for a new minor-league baseball stadium is a done deal. But a serious opposition has begun to coalesce. Writer Brian Libby has penned a sports-centric protest on his blog, Portland Architecture. Today the American Intsitute of Architects sent City Council a letter condemning ...   More
Monday, April 13, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

From The Archives: Memorial Coliseum Isn't Always Moribund

If you're interested in tonight's open house on tearing down the Memorial Coliseum, you know that much of the discussion about razing the coliseum to make room for a new minor-league baseball stadium has turned on how outdated the 49-year-old coliseum is. Some folks are using the coliseum's architectural history as a worthy reason to save it. And certainly the building also has plenty of sports ...   More
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 HANK STERN

Adams' Crash: Read The Police Report

If Mayor Sam Adams needed a reminder that it may be best to stay on his bike during his upcoming trip to Belgium, here it is: Portland Police this afternoon released a sergeant's report (PDF) about Adams' collision Sunday at Jantzen Beach that caused considerable damage to the mayor's pickup and two other vehicles. The report by North Precinct Sgt. Ron Berry says one witness reported smelling ...   More
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Sam Adams: One More Answer

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 HANK STERN


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