A glaring hole in Portland's downtown landscape is closer to being filled. On the whole, that will be a very good outcome for the city — despite any misgivings that critics of urban renewal might have about public subsidies for private development.

The land in question is the 33-acre Zidell property that sits mostly vacant at the west end of the new Tilikum Crossing bridge over the Willamette River. The land has a heavy industrial past, but its environmental problems have been cleaned up and now it is ready to become the final link between the flourishing South Waterfront area and the older Riverplace development and Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park to the north.