Archive for the ‘Regulation’ Category


Trees = Greater Property Values?

October 18, 2011

Sorry, I have badly neglected this blog. Happy to have a few interesting tidbits to post now.

First up, we know that higher Walkscores increase property value. Now we have some evidence that trees do the same thing (well, at least they increase rental values, which should be a strong correlate).

I learned a lot about how trees create value earlier this year when we processed the re-writing of Portland’s tree code. Now a study suggests that street trees can increase a property’s rental value by $21/month, while on-lot trees add a bit less than $6.


The Regulators Strike Back

December 7, 2010

Well, no sooner had I blogged about the success of food carts in Portland being due at least in part to relatively light regulation, a discussion in City Council about an unrelated item triggered several minutes of discourse about the possible need for regulation, followed up by an Oregonian editorial arguing to restrict carts to ‘take away only’ operation.

This morning Ethan Seltzer and I respond (Ethan gets credit for the prose itself) with an op-ed arguing for problem solving in preference to regulation. To be clear, I absolutely believe focus by the City on the safety of carts is completely appropriate. We don’t want fire hazards, unsafe electrical connections, or structures that might be collapse on patrons – but then neither do cart operators. We call for a collaborative approach to ensuring the right balance of safety and innovation.

And just to be absolutely clear, in this op-ed, as in my blog posts here, I’m speaking as an individual, not on behalf of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, or the City.