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Friday, January 09, 2004
The worst idea in a long line of incredibly bad ones
The feature article in this week's edition of Willamette Week says it all. Not learning a lesson from the financial wasteland that became PGE Park, mayor Vera Katz and the PDC are masterminding a plan to renovate the Armory and turn it into a new home for Portland Center Stage.
There is no end to the mind-numbing roadblocks that will eventually sabotage the project. The city paid $2 million too much for the Armory, PDC is planning to partially fund the project with misappropriated funds, PCS' ticket sales have dropped by nearly a third in their past 4 seasons and THE BUILDING IS A 113 YEAR OLD, ROTTING HUSK MEANT TO HOUSE BULLETS AND HOWITZERS, NOT ACTORS.
This project epitomizes everything bad, stupid and wrong with a local administration that has spent the last 7 years with their heads in the clouds while the city around them has floundered. If you live in Portland and if you read nothing else today, it should be this.