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I can see both sides of the issue, but from my experience I would strongly advocate for maintaining a tight control on the UGB. I am from Douglas County, Georgia, where, in the seventies, there were still creeks and cow pastures and woods to romp around in. When Atlanta's population exploded in the mid/late eighties and early nineties, there were virtually no controls set on development, and the suburbs quickly became some of the ugliest sprawl in the nation. Unregulated growth all too often means large areas prepared for development - trees razed, ground leveled, parking lots put in - that remain empty because expected population centers located elsewhere. Now there are empty and half-empty strip malls for miles in every direction, acres and acres of deforested but undeveloped land, five lane roads where the two lane would have been fine, hastily and cheaply erected subdivisions that seem to sag and rot after only twenty years. Developers rush in to make a fortune, build fast food franchises and cheap housing, and leave with their money. It does not always translate to the population. Please don't let this happen to Portland. Develop up and in, not down and out.
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