Upper Left Coast

Thoughts on politics, faith, sports and other random topics from a red state sympathizer in indigo-blue Portland, Oregon.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Why Measure 37?

Anyone who still doesn't understand how the land-use law passed so overwhelmingly, or fails to recognize the passion behind it, should just read this. It tells you everything you need to know about out-of-control land-use laws and the officials who enforce them.


  • At 8/10/2006 10:11 PM, Anonymous terry said…

    Maybe someone can help me out here. Government has been taking the homes of renters for decades (can you say "urban renewal" and "urban interstates"?) with no compensation and nary a peep from anyone who mattered. Then government does it to homeowners (Kelo) and all hell breaks loose.

    And renters are often harmed when property owners cannot develop their land (M37, UGB). Where is our redress and compensation?

  • At 8/10/2006 10:47 PM, Blogger Ken said…


    Sorry if this sounds harsh, but you are not a property owner, so you're pretty much SOL. I'm not saying renters haven't been harmed by such governmental actions, but you are at the mercy (within the bounds of the law) of the person who put up the money to buy that property. Until you own the property, you have no "redress and compensation." That's the chance you take as a renter. That's why you can't do whatever you feel like to the property -- you don't own it.


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