Assurety NW, an Urban-Renewal Success Story, Will Leave Lents


The East Portland neighborhood of Lents is losing one of its few success stories from 15 years of urban renewal.The Portland Development Commission has poured more than $96 million into Lents since 1998. As WW reported in January, that money has resulted in little commercial revitalization. The PDC did recruit insurance agency Assurety NW in 2007 to relocate its corporate headquarters from Gresham ...   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AARON MESH

The Belmont Goats Will Become the Lents Goats

Portland Development Commission also approves photo installation and outdoor furniture for its empty lots.


Lents may not have the business district it's been expecting for 15 years. But Lents has gotten your goats.The Belmont Goats, a herd of 14 goats forced to leave its urban pasture at Southeast 10th Avenue and Belmont Street by a new apartment complex, has been OK'd by the Portland Development Commission to move to an empty lot in the East Portland neighborhood of Lents.The PDC has agreed to locate the ...   More
Monday, February 10, 2014 AARON MESH

Razed & Confused

The city poured $96 million into reviving Lents. Where’s the rebirth of this East Portland neighborhood?

Cover Story
In the past few months, Mayor Charlie Hales has talked about changing the way the city of Portland tries to bring struggling, rundown neighborhoods back to life. He calls it “place-making.”   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 AARON MESH

Horse Trading

Killing the mounted patrol has a hidden benefit for the city: saving the PDC millions.

News Stories
Monty the police horse strains against the fence of his paddock, sticking his neck out to munch on a bush that is just out of his reach. A runner jogging along Northwest Naito Parkway stops to tak   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Appeal to the Baseline

The retail politics of the Hales budget creates winners and losers.

City Hall
Politicians don’t usually gain support by making budget cuts.But the startling thing about Mayor Charlie Hales’ first budget, released April 30, is how the mayor’s cutting of $21.5 million has b   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 AARON MESH

Portland's Taxpayer-Funded PR Industrial Complex

tax payer PR dollar sign

We know times are tough for government agencies. They’re cutting services—and sometimes trying to raise taxes—because of the recession. But a study by WW reveals there’s one sector of government that seems to be not only surviving, but thriving: public relations. Public agencies of all kinds have communication offices that employ squadrons of spokespeople who sometimes outnumber the reporters ...   More
Thursday, May 19, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: More Details on Neighborhood Opportunity Districts

Mayor Adams' proposal for Neighborhood Opportunity Districts

Among the many proposals Mayor Sam Adams announced in his February State of the City address was one he called the "neighborhood opportunity district." The concept is a sort of small-scale urban renewal zone that doesn't use long-term bonds to finance improvement projects."Without the larger scope or length of traditional urban renewal debt, these micro districts can jumpstart small-scale, big-impact ...   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Development Commission Announces Layoffs


The Portland Development Commission announced today that it is laying off 17 employees. The layoffs come as no surprise as then-Executive Director Bruce Warner in January announced large budget cuts. The city-owned agency generates most of its operating budget from urban renewal districts, which produce less money as they age.Here's the announcement from PDC spokesman Shawn Uhlman:·       ...   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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