Portland has an absolutely beautiful baseball stadium, PGE Park, directly adjacent to its downtown area (about 10 blocks north) and only about 3 minutes by public transportation from downtown.
This park sits well-placed where it is, home to the minor-league team Portland Beavers and Portland State University's home football games.
It's a beautiful park, better even than Fenway -- which says a lot. I've only been to Fenway once, and even then had a big thick neck brace on after a surgery, and sat in the far right-field bleachers with all the other mopes, but right after then game when the crowds left I sat there mostly alone and watched the park and it was a glorious thing.
And PGE Park is equally well situated.
So why are the city commissioners of Portland trying to undo this thing of beauty? The son of Henry Paulson -- himself worth $800M and a big architech of the Bush's administration's supposed bailout in the administration's last months -- is trying to move the Beaver's out of this stadium so it can be used for professional soccer.
He expects the city to build a new stadium, somewhere out in the Lents district.
What a complete, utter waste. First of all, this is a beautiful, functional baseball stadium. Why replace it?
Second of all, why can't the Paulson's build their own fucking stadium? They're worth $800M. What's stopping them, if this is such a good investment?
There is something very suspicious going on here, and Portland's city commissioner's aren't talking at all.