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Main Street Oregon

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Pendleton is one of many rural communities looking to downtown revitalization as a key to successful economic development. But as the recession forces businesses to cut back and sends workers to unemployment lines, should central city beautification and livability be a priority? We’ll look at the realities of Pendleton’s changing downtown and explore what role it plays in the larger community.

Please note: This show will be recorded in front of a studio audience on Tuesday May 12th at the Pendleton Center for the Arts at 7 pm. Seating is first-come, first-seated and doors open at 6 pm. The show will air on OPB the following morning at 9 am. If you live in the Pendleton area please join us for the taping, otherwise post your comments now to get the conversation started online!


  • Phillip Houk: mayor of Pendleton
  • Jerry Imsland: commercial real estate appraiser who has recently renovated a building in downtown Pendleton with his partners at RIP LLC.
  • Barbara Sidway: co-owner of the Geiser Grand hotel in Baker which has undergone an extensive historic restoration

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