If Sacramento Sprawled Like Portland

Sacramento Bee
To the Editor:

For all the Portland envy expressed in Mary Lynne Vellinga’s “A T ouch of Portland in Offing for Capital” (Bee, December 26, 2004), it is well to remember that if Sacramento sprawled like Portland, there would be 30,000 more acres of development. Moreover, traffic congestion, which used to be better in Portland, is now worse than in faster growing Sacramento. Portland is not nearly the Nirvana its proponents claim.

Sincerely,Wendell Cox
Principal Wendell Cox Consultancy, St. Louis
Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris
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