Mike February 17, 2009 1 Comment
I’m enjoying delicious coffee and beer in Portland for the week, so I’ve got some Oregon things to share.
- What is the role of zoning in issues of free speech? This Portland Mercury article details a push in Oregon to create new zoning regulations for stores selling “adult materials”. State law currently makes no distinction between sexually oriented businesses and those exercising free speech to express less libidinous views (like religious bookstores).
- Portland is often lauded for the success of its urban growth boundary, but elsewhere in the state, local governments are less than thrilled. This is largely because regional land use is strictly limited by the Oregon legislature in all regions aside from Portland’s Metro, which has special status. Though recognizing the success of the state’s regulations in preventing sprawl, the bi-partisan Big Look …