'Creating economic wealth just by itself, that's not a guarantee of a healthy community where people actually want to live. Dallas and Atlanta certainly prove that. But the absence of wealth creation will guarantee that we become a place where some people aren't going to be able to live, or can't live. Because livability does need to include the ability to earn a living.'

Ñ Metro President David Bragdon at Portland City Club on March 21

'If you put a gun to my head, I would tell you that I believe baseball will be here next year. It may not be the (Montreal) Expos, though. There are probably five franchises that are ailing. If we get the financing, Washington (D.C.) and Portland could both get teams.'

Ñ David Kahn, head of the Oregon Stadium Campaign, at the Portland Business Alliance forum March 19