From The Portland Architecture BLOG:
In April ... an Apple Computer store on NW 23rd Avenue had seen its plans significantly altered by the Historic Landmarks Commission. A stainless steel facade had to be changed to stone. The logo had to go. And so on. The point of the previous post was to raise concern about how the Landmarks Commission may be over-stepping its bounds, judging a work of modern architecture that seems to have little to do with historic buildings. Moreover, I argued against the larger principle that modern buildings can't complement different older architecture. In fact, I think it's the juxtaposition of two different forms, each true to its era and aesthetics, that makes a neighborhood and a city all the richer.
Now an update: If you haven't already heard, the project is now dead. Even after Apple and its local architect, Holst, agreed to the Landmarks Commission's changes, the commission as I understand it, still told Apple that more significant changes were needed. So Apple pulled out of the deal.
A billboard campaign for an upcoming Cartoon Network cartoon:
* Billboard on I-85 and 385 in Greenville SC & Atlanta GA & seen on I-40 in Knoxville Tennessee
Which would you rather have in your town? Apparently the people in Atlanta GA and Knoxville TN would rather have both a new Apple Store and the "I pooted" billboard, while people in Portland Oregon won't accept either. (The Cartoon Network campaign hasn't reached Portland Oregon as of this writing.) Here in Greenville SC ... I just want an Apple Store and wish there was a public outcry about the offensive "I pooted" signage.