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“Beautiful Building”
Review of Portland City Hall

Portland City Hall
Reviewed June 7, 2012

I love old school architecture and this building is a rock solid treat!

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Reviewed April 11, 2012

The denizens of this building are the primary beneficiaries of Portland's form of government. The City of Portland has the last remaining Commission form of government among large cities in the United States. The commission form of government differs from most other municipal governments in that its City Council members [Commissioners] have legislative, administrative and quasi-judicial powers. In the absence of a city manager and with each Commissioners having absolute control of assigned city departments there is no real coordinated city action or plan. [In 2005 when the process began to establish a long range plan, "Portland 2030 - a vision for the future" there was some hope for improvement BUT now, April 2012, the plan is still no where near complete,]
Each Department is run as a fiefdom by one of the Commissioners. A Department/Commissioner can run up 10s of millions of dollars, piecemeal, on a pet project before the other council members are aware that the major bill for the remainder of the project is yet to come before the Council, For example the Commissioner in charge of the Department of Transportation might spend millions over a couple of years on studies, design, engineering and surveying before springing the "real project" on the council for right-of-way purchase and construction of a road project.
Because of the commission form of government, when a Commissioner brings a pet project from one of his/her Departments, the other Commisioners tend to hold back any criticism or opposition as they fear for the success of the next pet project they bring before the Council.

All in all, a poor showing all around.

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