The guy we owe our high costs of housing to, Hector MacPherson, has gone to that great condo bunker in the sky. Now maybe we can start dismantling some of his ideology.
In his lone term as a state senator, Macpherson authored legislation that created Oregon’s land use planning program and the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission — and preserved prime farm and timber land from urban development.
Actually, not so much; what he did was to entrench a new bureaucracy in the state, drive up our cost of living, and provide a bonanza to developers who slap up crapartment bunkers. Not to speak ill of the recently departed, but good riddance.
Metro, meanwhile, has managed to get the state senate to pass their bill affirming the right of the regional layer of government to deny voters a say in regard to their quest to issue $60-$80 million in bond indebtedness to build a convention center hotel. Because that'll finally turn their $10 million a year loser of a center into a money-maker. Hasn't worked anywhere else, but we're special.
And Streetcar Charlie is running for re-election, as we all knew he would. So The Zero asks the burning question: will he be challenged?
Of course; he always has been challenged. So far, he's collected about $50,000 for his new run, and virtually all of it from developers. What a surprise! More streetcars and condo bunkers!