On June 20, 2014, Restore Oregon’s Executive Director Peggy Moretti participated in a City Club panel on Old Town/Chinatown Revitalization: Winning Solutions through Restorations.
Skidmore/Old Town is where the city began. Noted for its exceptional collection of cast-iron commercial buildings, this district embodies the early history of the Rose City. Surface parking lots cover 29% of the district creating ugly gaps in the historic fabric. Drug use and perceived safety issues deter businesses. Demolition-by-neglect, vacant upper floors, the high cost of seismic retrofitting, and inability to reach political agreement on design guidelines all add up to the potential loss of district integrity and viability.