Architect And Urban Planning Pioneer Bing Sheldon Dies
Prominent Portland architect and urban planner Bing Sheldon has died at 81. He founded design firm SERA Architects and led the Portland planning commission during the 1970s (above is his photo from that time). He helped produce the Portland Downtown Plan, which encouraged density and the regeneration of central Portland, foreshadowing the way urban planning would come to value cities. Mayor Charlie Hales praised him and ordered flags in front of City Hall at half-mast following the news of his death.