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Fri Jan 26, 2018, 03:20 PM

A Fight Over The Height of Portland's Skyline is Raging. Who Wins May Determine Whether The City's

A Fight Over The Height of Portlandís Skyline is Raging. Who Wins May Determine Whether The Cityís Housing Crisis Ever Ends.

A skyscraper backlash is rising.

Stanley Penkin, a transplanted New Yorker who lives on the fourth floor of Cosmopolitan on the Park, the tallest condo building in the Pearl District, is on the front lines.

He and his wife, Susanne, have a panoramic view: dogs cavorting in the Fields Park, sailboats rolling down the Willamette River, and the graceful arches of the Fremont Bridge.

But soon, if developers and city planners have their way, a 17-story glass-and-concrete tower will partly block Penkin's view of the bridge.

Not if Penkin can stop it.

"The city is so desperate for housing that it's sacrificing the integrity of our city," Penkin says with the distinctive honk of a Bronx native. "Is it just build, build, build to the maximum at any cost?"

Read more: http://www.wweek.com/news/city/2018/01/24/a-fight-over-the-height-of-portlands-skyline-is-raging-who-wins-may-determine-whether-the-citys-housing-crisis-ever-ends/

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