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Readers' Letters: Sale of undeveloped land didn't meet city rules

We are writing as concerned residents in regard to the recent “sale” of the Freeman water tower on Southwest 42nd Avenue in Portland (Group hopes to halt sale of city land, Oct. 10).

This sale includes the water tower and the land behind it, which is home to a large number of animals and wildlife, including woodpeckers, coyotes, raccoons, songbirds, hummingbirds, owls and deer.

Our neighborhood doesn’t believe that this property was sold according to the rules and ordinances of the city of Portland (ordinance No. 183952). The water tower property on Southwest 42nd Avenue and Freeman Street was sold to a developer for a sale price of $140,000, which is far below what “fair market value” would be for this area.

In addition, no notification was provided to the neighborhood nor to the neighbors near this land that there was an interested party that was looking to purchase and develop this area.

As a resident of this area, our family would love for this area to become protected so that it could be added to the existing Woods Park area and used by others as a connecting area to Woods Park. We want to keep public lands public, and not have the area exploited by developers for their own financial gains.

Karen McKibbin

Southwest Portland

Examine the facts in HQ hotel debate

It would be beneficial to the region if the Tribune would interview figures in our state regarding the headquarters

hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center to assess the pros and cons for the regional economy.

People would be interested in hearing from former Govs. Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts, Gerry Frank and respected individuals in the travel industry. The owners of the taxi companies, the Oregon Restaurant Association and Central Eastside business leaders also should weigh in on this topic.

So far, only hotel owners on the west side seem to be opposed, but the new owners of the Red Lion support this development. They are the ones who would most directly compete with Hyatt. Why are they for it?

Also let’s hear from groups who looked at Portland and then booked elsewhere. What was the reason?The public doesn’t seem to understand that a headquarters hotel works in concert with (as opposed to independent from) the convention center. I attend conventions regularly. Walking distance is an important criterion after being on my feet all day. What makes this deal different from the economic incentives that went into the new Daimler headquarters?

Perhaps we would benefit from a summary of the details of how headquarters hotels work, as well as how other cities have developed and built them. What occurred afterward in the local economy? Let’s focus on the facts.

This information seems to be missing in the current discussion except for the Portland City Club debate. Let’s truly weigh in on what a cross-section of our community thinks about this proposed development. Newspapers are the most respected venue for this dialogue. People trust information conveyed through true investigative journalism. You would be doing our community a great service.

Lisa Marechal

Northwest Portland

Mark and Dave are essential reading

Just a few quick lines to say Mark and Dave are a welcome addition to my Thursday, Friday and Saturday reading of the Portland Tribune.

Their quips and comments about the happenings and goings-on on the Portland scene and metro area are one of the first things I turn to, that is, after the Sports section. I look forward to it each week. Keep up the good work.

Tom Panage

Northeast Portland