The Case of the Disappearing Backyard

Last week, Cascade Policy Institute released a report investigating the disappearance of backyards throughout the Portland metropolitan region. In 1995, the average lot size for a new home in Washington County was 15,000 square feet. Today, new residential housing projects … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Land Use Laws, Metro, Oregon Government | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

TriMet Violates Clean Air Act While “Regulators” Stay Silent

By John A. Charles, Jr. In previous decades the Portland region failed to meet national air quality standards for carbon monoxide pollution and was designated a “non-attainment” area under the federal Clean Air Act. As a result, the region was … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:51 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Environment, Federal Government, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

What Does Metro Have Against Single-Family Homes?

By John A. Charles, Jr. For more than a decade, the regional government, Metro, has been quietly herding people into high-density neighborhoods. For those unaware of this policy, the recently announced plans for 80 acres of development near the light … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland | Tagged , , , , | 454 Comments

Money for Nothing

On December 18 Metro referred a five-year local option levy of 9.6 cents per $1,000 of taxable assessed value to the voters for consideration in the May election. If passed, the measure would raise about $10 million annually for maintenance … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Land Use Laws, Metro, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Subsidized Car Sharing: The Next Frontier in Wasteful Spending

Nine months ago I happily testified (twice) on behalf of a legislative bill that would allow the creation of a privately operated car sharing program in Oregon. I liked the idea of using cars more efficiently, and I loved the … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, Metro, OR 76th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Portland Politics, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 42 Comments

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