Developer Tom Hears from a Model Downtowner

Dear Tom Moyer, Here’s my $1.2 million check in advance for a studio condo in your fabulous Moyer Tower. Since you plan only eighty-five condos in your new office tower, I want to get right in there on the top floor, so to speak. Floor thirty-something would be...

The Virginia Cafe Meets The Cement Mixer

You could call it the art of romancing the tavern culture while trashing it. ‚ÄúRegulars Need New Barstools” says the headline in that odd obituary in the Portland Tribune (2/2/07). That means move on now, Virginia-Cafe folks. Your bar will be demolished. This...

Planning coup puts czar in charge

from the high rise times news service for Park Avenue Concern (PAC) Meet Bob Thompson, planning czar. Was he elected? Appointed by the mayor, the city council, the planning commission? No. So who is this city-planner supreme? Why, he’s Tom Moyer’s...

Who Killed Downtown?

“For public space there is no respect.” There are five organizational actors in the downtown makeover campaign who go relatively unappreciated. They reside in city government, in media, in associations, in professional and industrial firms, and in various...