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Wow, that parking garage (now complete) towers over the rest of the neighborhood. Plus, it replaced what appeared to be a perfectly good loft building.

In August, REI signed for the anchor retail space facing Halsted; they've done three LEED-CI stores, including a Gold-rated downtown Portland location.

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Once we emerge from this credit crisis and building starts up again in earnest, I think you will see all new projects attempting to be some shade of green. Lenders are realizing that green buildings are better performers and are starting to favor efficient building. It won’t be long before banks will require new construction to be greener before they approve loans.

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