I was greatly disappointed with Rebecca Clarren’s recent article on Oregon’s land-use legacy (HCN, 11/25/02: Planning's poster child grows up). Her basic premise — using a handful of anecdotes and personal beliefs from interviewees to argue there is sweeping discontent with Oregon’s land-use system — is shoddy. Poll after poll shows that support for our land use laws has remained relatively constant — about two-thirds of Oregonians support them. Not too shabby, for a landmark set of laws.
Instead of becoming more "arbitrary" over the years, the Oregon system has come into sharper focus and become more fair. That is, the system has continually been adjusted to deal with local conditions and issues. The system has not been stagnant, but rather it has grown up over 30 years — to become a full-fledged adult.
Ms. Clarren’s article truly gives credence to the cynical adage about journalists not letting the facts get in the way of a good story.
The writer is director of education and research for 1,000 Friends of Oregon.
- Rich & Terry Fairbanks on Rural communities in the West need a fair shake
- on Jim Deacon, pioneering desert fish biologist, dies
- Larry Bullock on Ranch Diaries: A New Mexico cattle company is born
- Randy Piper on Bark beetle kill leads to more severe fires, right? Well, maybe
- Delaine Spilsbury on The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics