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Oregon The Free State Portland is one of the most beautiful and efficient cities ever developed in the United States It is surrounded by the rich soil and forestry as well as the mountains and rivers that Oregon has to offer From personal experiences I can tell you that it is one of the most breathtaking picturesque places in the Country However developers see this place as an asset to their financial prosperity rather than a peaceful place They want to continue with the latest trend by developing more shopping complexes outside of the city And not only that but also destroy historical buildings downtown for an expressway Oregons rich country and growth are becoming a threat to its own well being That is why it is necessary for Oregon to continue with their zoning laws In attempt to rescue their city in 1978 they approved the nations first directly elected metropolitan government which coordinated the growth-management plans of three counties and twenty-four municipalities in the Portland metropolitan region This government set aside an area of 234000 acres which would be solely used for developing for the next 20 years Everything else would be left for nature That government would also look over each development plan in that area before it was constructed This ensured nothing would be too drastic and ruin the atmosphere of the city As a matter of fact the city was developed so that no buildings would block the view of Mount Hood and so that no skyscrapers would run up against the rivers edge Transportation was another problem for Oregon The developers were constantly trying to demolish historic buildings to make way for freeways Mayor Goldschmidts response was But in the rush to grab federal highway funds cities built highways indiscriminately against their long term interests paving the way toward decentralization disinvestment and ultimate decay Moe and Wilkie 220 Instead Portland wanted to do something else
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