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  • So far, Oregon land-use measure is more bark than bite

    Oregon’s Measure 37 has so far proven less liberating than property-rights activists thought, and less destructive than sprawl-fighters feared

  • Unpaved with good intentions

    A new breed of land trusts seeks not merely to preserve undeveloped landscape, but to keep it in agricultural use – particularly in organic farming.

  • Chickens are roosting on private property in Oregon

    Buyer’s remorse is strong in Oregon, where Measure 37 has sparked a developer’s feeding frenzy that has Oregonians’ heads spinning

  • Two weeks in the West

    Western real estate slump hits suburbs, but developers keep on developing; Marijuana McMansions; copper booming; Logan, Utah, rejects dirty power; Tri-State puts off two coal power plants; animals killed by Wildlife Services

  • When the going gets tough, the tough collaborate

    Sometimes it seems that only the impact of a severe drought can get Westerners to work together on water issues

  • Urban planning — with a wild touch

    Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers and Citizens and Nature-Friendly Communties are two new handbooks on innovative land-use planning and habitat protection

  • A eulogy for the West that was

    In Requiem for the West, Roger Brown laments the loss of soul and solitude in the small mountain towns of the Colorado Rockies

  • Suburbia blasts through a national monument

    A rocky western escarpment and the Petroglyph National Monument have long held back Albuquerque’s sprawl, but now the Volcano Heights development is coming, and a controversial road through the monument may be built

  • Developer under fire for destroying desert

    Developer George Johnson is being sued by the state of Arizona for major violations of environmental laws, committed in the early stages of his planned La Osa Ranch development

  • Jackson can't agree on growth

    A decade after it became famous for its model land-use planning, Jackson, Wyo., is facing a stagnant downtown, crowded highways, sprawling development and sky-high real estate prices

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