We've been learning a lot about land use and land use planning at Thirsters recently.
Oregon is blessed with some forward-thinking zoning laws that most "states" don't have, being states more in name only.
Developers don't have as free a hand in Oregon to blemish and blight the landscape with their suburban monster malls and chintzy McMansion subdivisions of short half-life.
Our coastline is relatively unmarred with human ugliness, compared to California, the scarred state.
However, Washington County has been suffering from extremely weak leadership and went whining to the legislature when the District Court slapped down it's illegal land grab beyond the boundary, stealing class one arable land. Most of Helvatia was saved, but only just, and the rapacious are angry over their defeat.
That land grab (rezoning) would have been a no-no in Governor McCall's day, but the Thoughtless Generation doesn't believe in planning ahead, as we've seen with Mt. Tabor and Tri-Met both recently.
A dumbing down has occurred.
Boomers and younger are turning out to be semi-retarded in many ways, might be all those For Dummies books, hard to say. More likely too much milk and super-size fries. A fast food diet makes ya stupid.
Last week we learned about how Portland State University is staying remarkably respectful as a kind of go-between between Federal agencies and native populations of the North American southwest (e.g. Nevada testing area) with long term land use and sustainability on their minds.
Oregon has not yet fallen prey to the depraved, at least not as much as in other states where zombie "walkers" (corporations feigning personhood) stalk the landscape, imprisoning humans for profit and despoiling the landscape. Arizona comes to mind, with a shudder, a state likely already lost to greed and terminal myopia.