We plan to vote “yes” on Question 2 in Portland. Yes, we think it important to keep the views to Portland Harbor, but we also think it important to rein in some of the proposed zoning changes that have been brought forward by developers the last few years, all over the city, in Bayside, on Munjoy Hill, in Deering Center and in Stroudwater, to name just a few.

The purpose of these requests for zone changes is to maximize the return on the developers’ investment, not to improve our neighborhoods, not to improve our public views, not to preserve historic buildings or offer housing that is affordable to the average Portlander.

We think all of us want to add tax dollars to the Portland tax base, but not at the expense of destroying our neighborhoods with high rises and high-density housing or office buildings.

It’s OK that the referendum is complicated, because that is what it takes to make it legal. Just vote “yes.”

Steven and Donna Williams

Portland


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