That reminded me of another story I read just a few months ago about another land use proposal, and another lawsuit in Portland: Group sues Portland in effort to shrink senior housing project on Stevens Avenue. Hmmm.
Finally I saw this: Proposed Wal-Mart in Westbrook faces local opposition. Not a lawsuit yet, and not in Portland. But the beat goes on.
So what do we need to do in order to get back to broad-based community agreement on new development projects?
First we need a deeper conversation with the entire community about what we want for our future. Keeping what’s best about our communities is a given – we all want that. Making them stronger with better jobs and more opportunities for ourselves and our families is another thing we ought to agree on.
There will always be lawsuits. But litigation can’t prevail for long in the face of a broad, regional consensus on how we grow, and why we grow. At the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce we won’t stop advocating for growth that supports jobs, families and greater prosperity throughout our region.
If you don’t like that I guess you can sue me.