No longer Ducking the issue

Five years ago, when Terri Warpinski first forayed north from Eugene to expand the University of Oregon’s outpost in Portland, many in this city decided she was in over her head.

UO-Portland a study in growth

The University of Oregon’s new home in Portland will be more than 50 percent bigger than initially planned when it opens next month in Old Town, with room for a larger library and more law and architecture courses.

Developers hope White Stag is gold

The landmark neon of the White Stag sign continues to blink on and off over the Burnside Bridge, while major changes take place in the buildings below. When the University of Oregon and other tenants move in, in February 2008, the completed development will be a showcase for green design.

Old Town Education

While shiny high-rise developments in the Pearl and South Waterfront have hogged headlines, the most important urban renewal project in recent Portland history has attracted little attention: The renovation of the White Stag Block and the surrounding buildings in Old Town is changing the face of the troubled neighborhood and landing the city a top-notch grad school.

Portland’s Old Town on cusp of a revival

With prodding from Portland’s urban-renewal agency, the Portland Development Commission, developers have seen beyond Old Town’s stigma of crime and urban decay. The result, all sides hope, will be that rare big-city neighborhood that the poor, middle-income and rich call home. Moving in to Old Town is the University of Oregon and Mercy Corps who got the city’s OK to move its headquarters and learning center into the neighborhood.

A surprising renovation

For Venerable Group, Inc, which is renovating three buildings that constitute the White Stag Block, the exhaustive effort to create a new Portland home for the University of Oregon is no exception.