Well hello summer, what’s got you so hot under the collar? Upper nineties yesterday and a little more of that today! Yikes it IS July, isn’t it? Too bad we can’t capture this heat and convert it to energy, anything over 90° is wasted heat in my opinion. Alas, we can’t really do that, but we can take a great sigh of relief knowing that this kind of 90 plus weather is short-lived round these parts. Yay!
I had a late lunch with the family over in Portland Saturday. What! Portland! Egad man, what was I thinking? Don’t forget, I did write a post about occasionally driving past the SR-14 interchange, remember? Terror of the Bridges. I’m no hypocrite 😉
Anyhow, we went to a little marina cafe called Hidden Bay Cafe that serves one of the yacht marinas on the island. You know what is really cool about all the stuff on the north shore of Hayden Island and Tomahawk Island? You get to look across the Columbia River at the ‘Couv’ 🙂
With the new waterfront coming online, Vancouver’s urban skyline is taking on some size. It isn’t that our buildings are super tall, they aren’t, but they are tall enough to rise up well above the trees and other obstructions to create an identifiable urban skyline. Now that skyline will stretch further west to give Vancouver USA a larger footprint on the horizon, so to speak.
Several riverfront places on Hayden Island offer up nice views of our ever-increasing cosmopolitan landscape. I do so enjoy the river vistas from both banks. It will be interesting to see what Portland decides to do with the property immediately across from the Port of Vancouver USA Terminal One. That used to be part of a Hotel Complex including the infamous Thunderbird Hotel that was destroyed in what Portland fire officials called “a suspicious fire.” Portland was going to have a retail complex on that spot and that is just ridiculous. Honestly, Oregon should just cede that Island over to us. Here they have this amazing urban island in the middle of the Great River of the West, and what do they think they should do with a premium waterfront view parcel? Retail. A Target store was proposed and got some serious looks from the city. Brilliant, what a bunch of idiots.
When America’s Vancouver got an opportunity to recapture our Columbia River waterfront, they knew exactly what to do. It will be interesting to see how that former Thunderbird site ultimately develops now that we are pushing forward with a spectacular one-two punch of the Waterfront and the Terminal One projects.
Ah the ‘Couv’ life; it is good. Still better than Portland.