This is an interesting concept, and one that should be explored when possible, but there are two distinct sets of industrial users (City’s industrial site solution rises from NW parking lot, March 25).

Traditional industrial users can’t afford the rents in this type of building. Rents of $14 per square foot are for small-scale, quasi-industrial/light manufacturing users who more often are artists/craftspeople who fit the allowed uses in the IG zone because they make something.

Users with significant or heavy warehousing needs aren’t going to sign up for this type of building, nor is any decent-size user.

I’m all for building up the small, incubator, industrial/flex market, but projects like this do very little to address the availability of land for larger users or anyone who is a traditional industrial user. You’re talking about two totally different markets — “creative industrial” and “infrastructure/backbone of employment industrial.”

Matthew Call

Oregon City

Colwood site a good solution for city

Glad to see the city shifting away from its previous focus on industrial development of natural areas. Increased efficiency (of which this development is a great example) and re-use of existing industrial land (brownfields) is the sustainable way forward for Portland to fulfill future industrial land needs (City’s industrial site solution rises from NW parking lot, March 25).

The Colwood compromise was a great solution for that specific property, though I’m not sure it is the answer for the other area golf courses.

Micah Meskel

Northeast Portland

Sniff it again: Our air really stinks

Regarding “State’s emissions problems overblown” (guest column, March 20): Note that Allen Schaeffer (executive director of a Maryland diesel fuel educational “nonprofit”) references statewide statistics, not from the Portland area. Gee, does he really think Southeastern and Central Oregon’s air is as polluted as the Portland region? Or that we are so backward out West that we are not able to separate fact from propaganda?

I’ve been breathing carcinogenic diesel fumes for 17 years on my daily, year-round bike commute to work downtown from my home in Northeast Portland. Not only is the smell of downtown Portland’s air repugnant (ask people who work, walk and bike downtown every day), but just a few years ago, North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods were reported as having extremely excessive benzene levels because of the dirty fuel sold in Oregon.

Even our so-called recreational areas reek of diesel fumes: Mount Hood during ski season, the Springwater Corridor that runs through industrial areas, the Interstate 205 bike path that parallels putrid traffic jams from and to Vancouver, Wash., (70,000 vehicles a day cross to Oregon for work), and the vaunted (why is beyond me) Highway 30 bike route, and even Sauvie Island. Both are polluted with diesel and industrial fumes or pesticides. And Swan Island (places are named for those creatures that lived there before development destroyed their habitat) where the air is so bad that I think the workers should wear respirators outside. And we can’t discount the suburbs.

I invite Mr. Schaeffer to actually visit Portland and bicycle every day for a month here before he tries to pull the wool over our eyes again.

T.K. Mantese

Northeast Portland

Industrial site can help PDX avoid birds

Thirty-five acres of new industrial real estate between Portland International Airport and the Columbia Slough (City buys Colwood Golf Course for Cully natural area, March 25) — this is a really important part of the deal that gets scant coverage and is overlooked by the naysayers on both sides.

Why I’m for it 100 percent? Right now there is a pond up there where hundreds of geese gather and is a real headache to the folks at PDX that try to prevent bird strikes. What would one bird strike leading to a commercial plane crash cost the city? There are plenty of ponds in the area slightly further from the runways. We can save airport maintenance, time and money, and add to the needed PDX industrial area with this deal.

Colin Park

Southeast Portland

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