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Apple cancels Portland store plans

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Thu July 6, 2006

Apple ditches store plans

Apple has cancelled its plans for a store in Portland, Oregon after two designs were rejected by the community's Historic Landmarks Commission. According to the report, Apple had hoped to build a retail store at 437 N.W. 23rd Avenue, which is part of the city's historical Northwest District, which has an "historical image" that the city's tries to maintain. The commission reportedly rejected Apple's initial proposal to demolish the old structure and build a new structure similar in appearance to other Apple Stores -- with a stainless steel and glass facade. Apple's second storefront design, which dropped the company's trademark stainless steel fašade, also failed to receive the boards approval last month. Last Fall, Apple cancelled a store in Manhattan that was planned to be in the New York Flatirion historical district after similar problems arose; the store plan was moved to another area of the city. As of now there are no official plans for another location in Portland, according to the report.




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  1. iomatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ah well.

    I mean an Apple Store would be cool up there and all, but it's a Nat'l Hist. Landmark, so, leaving it there would be a good thing. Nonetheless, Multnomah Cty. has enough red tape (FIVE FLOORS OF CITY PLANNERS, FCS).

    Still, Oregon tax dollars (not) at work. General Fund, anyone?

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Portland is Anti-Business

    Ask any of the many businesses why they have left this area, specifically Multnomah County, and they will tell you it's the ever-increasing taxes foisted upon them. Why any business would want to deal with an area that routinely passes more and more taxes upon them is beyond me. The financial status of our state sucks and under the continued leadership will continue to be crappy until we are bankrupt. But hey, the salmon are safe and that's all that matters, right!?!

  1. pascalpp

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Portland city planning

    I'm an armchair city-planner (mostly I've just read a lot of books on the subject) and Portland is often held up as an example of city planning done right. I don't know the specifics of this case, but I think it's important for a town to plan and regulate it's own development, or we'll all end up living in sprawly nowheresville.

  1. iomatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Agreed, pascalpp

    And while I agree with the overwhelmingly leftist tendencies of Portland civics, the tax distribution under unequal representation (read; General Fund) becomes a big problem for infrastructure spending when a Conservative house tends to s**** up social services for the entire state based on a smaller populous from the source of all the income, i.e., Portland.

    It's a wacky state, but I'd rather live here with the clean water and food we have, even with the hicks running the place.

  1. bsaxton

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Good choice

    Northwest has a particular style and an Apple Store probably would not have fit there. We already have three Apple stores (4?) and another local business that has been here for years. I think we're just fine.

  1. bp2k7

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hmm...

    Um, iomatic, the Willamette is a federal Superfund site. Not exactly the cleanest water. Anyway, the service at the Washington Square store sucks, the Bridgeport store isn't too bad. I much prefer Macforce anyway. As for the antibusiness climate in Portland, it's true. Fact. We moved south of town because the city and county are absolutely impossible to work with. Absurd regulations and high taxes. But I don't think an Apple Store on 23rd is a good location anyway. Very difficult to access even though it has high foot traffic.

  1. MacnnGregor

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    mgpalma has problems...

    As a native Oregonian, I find the most annoying people are transplants who try to completely turn Portland from its sensible progressive ideas into a mini-San Fran lefty urban area. But worse are the complainers who take legitimate problems with Oregons goofed up 1950's tax structure and spout rightie propoganda about salmon being more important to liberals than people.

    The real problems is this - Portland has a good planning focus based on real long-term sustainable development ideas, but the rabid growth in population by Oregonian-annabees strains the system to the point where the economics warps the actual tax structure. Thus lots of newbies mean low wages, but high real estate prices, increasing property taxes beyond recognition and increased demands of services that screws up the budget and forces Portland into whacky anti-business policies.

    Solution: Don't move to Portland. Leave us alone. If you want to be cool and progressive and live without sprawl, do it in YOUR town!

    BTW, we have plenty of Apple Stores and healthy resellers, so big deal about the trendy-third street store.

  1. jcarr

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Portland... Oregon?

    I'm assuming of course. No where in this story is Oregon mentioned, and I was not aware of any plans for an Apple Store in Maine.

  1. cgmpowers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oregon

    Eleventh word in the first paragraph says Oregon.

    ---clip Apple cancels Portland store plans

    Apple has cancelled its plans for a store in Portland, Oregon after two designs were rejected by the community's Historic Landmarks Commission. ---clip

  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Good!

    I was looking forward to another store and thought 23rd would be great, but not at the expense of tearing down an old structure for modern steel and glass. Put it in the Hollywood district so my propery value will continue to rise. BTW, our water is the best tasting in the US. Why do you think our beer is soooo sweeet?!

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