Category: Oregon

Unwelcome in Portland: Part 2, voters are completely schizophrenic?

4 October, 2013 (10:28) | Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Economics, Housing, Land use, Oregon, Portland, US News, Washington State, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   In yesterday’s post, expanding on a wry Economist (July 27, 2013) article on Portland’s defensive defenses of the city’s and state’s deflection of dastardly development, we saw that Portland’s strategy has consigned the city to second-tier status, permanently losing the competition with Seattle and now […]

Unwelcome in Portland: Part 1, the ravenous rampage of suburbia?

3 October, 2013 (13:06) | Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Economics, Housing, Land use, Oregon, Portland, US News, Washington State, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Evolution works by simultaneous mutation and natural selection; science works by replicable paired experiments between a study group and a control group, and for both of these, America’s vast space and our three-leveled government create a huge range of possibilities – which is my circuitous introduction to the value of studying […]

When is a common good a common cost? Oregon shakes up the law

26 November, 2004 (20:57) | Legislation and policy, Oregon, Property rights, Takings |

Three weeks ago, by an astonishingly wide margin (60% for, 40% against), Oregon voters enacted a referendum Measure 37 that will upset dramatically the economic dynamics of land regulation in the state of Oregon – and potentially throughout the US. As the New York Times reports it, property owners who can prove that environmental or […]