Burnside bridgehead grows up

"For eight years, the Portland Development Commission patiently cobbled together four blocks at the eastern end of the Burnside Bridge.

City leaders thought the area could serve as a gateway to downtown from East Portland, and so the PDC in 1998 began acquiring properties there.

Revitalization of the area had a long way to go. The Convention Plaza building was a second-rate office property, and the surrounding area had little going on.

Yet the site offered 4 acres of close-in land fronting the Willamette River on one of Portland’s busiest streets..." Chuck Slothower, Daily Journal of Commerce

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