My wife Micky was just reminding me how the original site of the Renaissance Faire in Marin County, in which she participated for so many years, was in a giant grove of old, old oak trees on beautiful rolling California hills. When the Faire ended the land was sold off to developers, who cut TEN THOUSAND old oak trees down to make a really big McMansions development of badly built bloated cookie-cutter houses.

In Portland, Oregon, now, classic old houses –and houses rented by people of modest income–are being torn down to be replaced by hideous Mcmansions and other junky high priced housing. There should be a federal inquiry into the relationship between real estate developers and local politicos; into the means and extent of BRIBERY..

There is room for housing development–but there have to be strict rules about WHERE.

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