April 23, 2013 | The Tigard Times-- We understand that Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick and the editorial writers at The Oregonian were disappointed by last Thursday’s news that Nike will expand its Beaverton campus rather than break new ground in Portland. But did they really need to engage in a round of suburb-bashing to salve their bruised egos?
Novick started the sour gripefest with this comment, which the daily paper used as a punch line in a Friday story:
“With all due respect to Beaverton and the surrounding area, I’m still convinced that the most creative, the hippest and the coolest new Nike employees will choose to live in Portland — and take light rail out there.”
The Oregonian chimed in with this little jab in a Sunday editorial: “Portland has a creative vibrancy that no Washington County community can match.”
With all due respect to Novick and Oregonian Publisher Chris Anderson, we think they conveniently overlooked the fact that Nike, Intel and Columbia Sportswear (companies that know a thing or two about creativity and vibrancy) are located in the county that is fueling the rebound in Oregon’s economy. They also ignored the demographic trends that show READ FULL ARTICLE