There are active and prominent people in the Portland community attempting to bring Major League Baseball to Portland mostly at the city's expense. This would result in huge costs for the city and probably the state, most likely resulting in money being diverted from social programs and spending on government services.
The owner of the team would most likely be some ultra-rich corporate millionaire, who would convince the city to pay for the park, and then take all the profits to buy a few extra Ford Expeditions and contribute to George W's re-election campaign.
I can't see how Major League baseball would do anything really valuable for the city, or help to foster the kind of liveable and alternative type of culture that Portland has struggled to create.
Right now I am trying to gauge who would be interested in forming an opposition group to try and monitor this issue and figure out what we could do to oppose it. Or at least try and prevent any attempts at having the city pay for these costs or divert money from more deserving programs.
Please send me email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this issue or know anything about it. Perhaps the next step would be to have an organizational meeting.