What do Lents residents really think of Randy Leonard's baseball deal?

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At last month's meeting of the Lents Neighborhood Association, Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard told a less than enthusiastic audience that "Having a Triple A baseball stadium would be the best thing we could ever have happen in Lents." While criticism of the stadium deal grows - including official rejection by the Portland Parks Board - Leonard remains unmoved in his belief that "downtown" interests, not neighborhood residents, are behind the opposition.

But what do the residents of Lents really think? The Lents deal has triggered deep-seated concerns about livability, affordable housing, economic development, historic preservation and how much voice citizens have with City Hall. This week, we'll be talking with Lents residents Kathleen Juergens de Ponce and Nick Christensen, organizers of Friends of Lents Park, about what their neighbors are concerned about and what they really think about Randy Leonard's desire to play ball in Lents.

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I listened to your broadcast this morning and wanted to make one correction to something you said.

At one point you referred to ~$42M in public funding for the project. That figure represents only the request from the Lents Urban Renewal Area.

All told, the public outlay for this deal will top $90M in combined city and state funding.

Everyone in Portland, and in fact everyone in Oregon, will lose funding for basic services if this project is approved as currently envisioned. Although Lents is being asked to bear an inordinate share, everyone should be raising their voices against this misguided project.

John Mulvey
Member, Lents Urban Renewal Advisory Committee