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I am disappointed that this is even a topic, frankly. This is a no-brainer.
What about ALL those vacant condos and apartments in the Pearl and in other neighborhoods that were built when the economy was strong? Shouldn't we fill those more centrally-located spaces up before we even consider the "up or out" question?
I went to architecture school in Montana, and for our urban design studies we came to Portland. Our instructors hailed the fact that there was this UGB and what that had done for density and preservation of the "farmland" outside of Portland. I wanted to live in a city as great as this, and that's why I'm here now.
I dread the thought that Portland could one day become a modern-day LA with sprawl, pollution and a weak connection to the city's core. Ever seen the film "The End of Suburbia"? Or heard of Peak Oil? We need to stay compact. If we *must* chose one of these two options, "up" is the obvious answer.
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