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Mixed-Use, Mixed Opinions, Mixed-Up In Oregon Capital

The home of Oregon's pioneering land use planning laws faces local opposition to mixed-use zoning.

Attempting to allow mixed-use development in a commercial zone, City of Salem planners have been blasted for potential negative impacts to business: "The 12th Street business owners foresee their new residential neighbors complaining to authorities about the natural noise, smell and grime that comes from doing business. They are convinced that mixed-use development will ruin their property values and make it impossible for them to sell their businesses come retirement time." Others see the commercial area in need or revitalization.

Thanks to Tony Nielsen

Full Story: Mixed Land Use, Mixed Opinions

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