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Old May 30th, 2019, 08:32 PM   #1
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Portland,Oregon Observation Tower

I feel that the 600 foot tall observation tower that was proposed for the waterfront in Portland, Oregon back in 2008 should be built as it would become an iconic landmark and major tourist attraction for Portland. People should go to city hall to convince the city to encourage the developers behind the proposal to get the tower built.
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Old June 2nd, 2019, 06:01 PM   #2
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It'd be great if there is such tower in dt Portland which badly needs some tall structures.
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Old June 2nd, 2019, 08:38 PM   #3
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It'd be great if there is such tower in dt Portland which badly needs some tall structures.
The proposal about 10 years ago was called the SMART Tower.
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Old June 2nd, 2019, 08:57 PM   #4
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It didn't seem terribly plausible then either.

Towers like this need to be subsidized for the initial construction cost. Ever see one that wasn't? Even the Stratosphere is probably a big loss leader for its hotel and casino. Even if a majority liked the idea in concept (hard to guess), it seems unlikley that the Portland public would support it with actual money...especially when it's a knockoff of its sibling up north. People don't necessarily want more tourism, might not like towers, might not want to change the park, etc.

I suspect that tickets would be moderately popular. The views would be outstanding. But Portland doesn't have huge tourism within walking distance. Its convention and events visitors (at least the venues) are mostly in the Lloyd/Rose areas across the river.
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Seattle: "Groundbreaking."
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Old July 25th, 2019, 08:18 AM   #6
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Iconic observation structures are so 1962. Portland is well served by its food and urban planning strengths.
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