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Portland Urged To Slow Construction For New Sports Facilities
Published April 16, 2009
|No Deadlines Set To Turn PGE Park
Into Soccer-Specific Stadium
SMELL THE ROSES: In a special to the OREGONIAN, Paulson wrote, "Taken together, MLS at PGE Park and Beavers baseball at the Rose Quarter will create 600 short-term jobs, more than 300 long-term jobs and generate roughly $50[M] in annual economic activity in the community. Retiring Memorial Coliseum and using the site for the new stadium makes the most sense because it would take advantage of the existing Rose Quarter parking garages, eliminating the need to build costly new ones. It would replace an aging venue expected to lose $500,000 annually in the coming years with one that can make money for taxpayers. ... This plan is about far more than sports. It creates jobs, protects taxpayers from risk, revitalizes our city and builds community. I urge city leaders to support the plan" (Portland OREGONIAN, 4/15).