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Gossip shouldn't guide mall redesign

If the Lloyd Center skating rink is smaller, will that negatively impact the shows and competitions that are held there? It is already small for competitions. I was hoping to hear they were going to make it viable for ice hockey (Lloyd Center to get $50 million redo, July 29).

I hope that these developers think to bring in one of those temporary outdoor “holiday” ice rinks like you see in New York City and San Francisco (the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero).

As a mom who goes there three days a week, I assure you that parents spend money at the mall while their kids skate. I’m not sure where they came up with the idea, “We heard so many stories how everyone in Portland has skated on the ice rink here, but for every 100 who skated, only five shopped.” There are so many survey companies in the mall, why did they not use SurveyMonkey or hold focus groups with the rink users?

Gossip is not a way to plan how to spend this much money on a redesign.

Tanya March

North Portland

Square is more than dreary description

In a recent Tribune article, Oregon Square was described as “a dreary outdoor lunch spot with one food cart and a rain shelter, and sometimes a farmers market” (So long seventies, Business Tribune, July 15).

Not really a fair description! I work in Oregon Square, and I can assure you that we residents enjoy that park.

I would describe it more as “a shady spot offering tables and benches for lunch, outdoor business meetings, or just to enjoy sitting in the sun. More shade is offered by the vintage carousel cover that hosts a prosperous and bustling farmers market every Tuesday. On the opposite side of the park is a small stage hosting lunchtime music every Wednesday during summer. A food truck run by one of the best downtown Thai food restaurants is there every day, with more food vendors selling their wares on market day and/or music day.”I understand that growth may take this gem away from the Lloyd District and don’t oppose it. But, c’mon! Let’s praise what we have and not denigrate it in a shallow attempt to lend support to that growth.

Tim O’Connor

Aloha

Our neighborhoods will feel rental impact

So now, after all that lobbying, we are allowing limited rentals in Portland. But meanwhile, Airbnb will continue listing all of the places that were not legalized, showing it could care less about our laws (City legalizes Airbnb, other short-term rental services, web story, July 30).

I pray that other cities look into this commercialization of our neighborhoods more closely than Mayor Charlie Hales, et al, did.

William Gregg

Southeast Portland

Pacific Power not as clean as you think

I’m afraid your article (Portland utilities score high in renewable energy, web story, July 24) is misleading for the half-million Pacific Power customers living in Oregon. While Berkshire Hathaway Energy — the owner of Pacific Power — has indeed invested billions into wind and solar power, this clean energy is going to other utility companies in the Berkshire Hathaway empire, not Oregon customers.

In fact, more than two-thirds of Pacific Power’s energy comes from out-of-state coal plants. At the same time, the company’s electricity rates have increased 61 percent during the last seven years. Other utilities in the region use half as much coal as Pacific Power, and their customers have seen significantly lower rate increases. Instead of transitioning to modern, cleaner energy sources, Pacific Power continues to invest in its outdated coal plants and made clear in its latest public energy plan that it has no intention of increasing the percentage of clean energy, like wind and solar, in its resource mix over the next decade. It’s time for Pa

Amy Hojnowski

Senior Campaign Representative, Sierra Club

Portland