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Peter Meijer failed to address what I think are some of the most significant historical factors in the development of Memorial Coliseum. Constructing the Coliseum led to the displacement of an entire neighborhood: nearly 500 homes and businesses were destroyed, half of which were owned by African Americans. It also served as the first in a string of urban renewal activities that literally erased social and commercial centers of minority communities in Portland, particularly in the Albina neighborhood.
Preserving buildings on the National Register is a good idea, but unless we acknowledge and learn from the total history of a historic development, we'll lose perhaps the most important lessons that could be learned. It's not the combination of bricks and mortar that make one building more significant than another, but instead the impact of the building on the broader communities that matters the most.
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