Your Oct. 24 editorial (“Our View: Outcome of ‘midtown’ clash no victory for Portland”) describes the compromise design for the midtown development in Bayside as a loss for Portland and a signal to developers that Portland is anti-development.

I disagree. I believe that this outcome is a victory for the city – a demonstration that Portland is not anti-development, but committed to development that respects Portland’s scale, geography and architectural heritage.

It also demonstrates a healthy level of citizen involvement in shaping the future that Portland residents want for their city.

Finally, it shows that good design can be profitable. (Clearly, the developers would not be proceeding with the project if they did not expect it to be profitable.)

Michael Mertaugh

Portland