Eric de Place

Eric de Place is a senior researcher at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based sustainability think tank.

  • Measure 37 to Oregonians: 'Shut up'

    Property rights measures are about stifling community

    You see, this is what I was talking about. From today’s Oregonian: The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to speed the processing of claims made under Oregon’s Measure 37 property rights law by preventing residents from testifying about …

  • A greener city with less red tape

    Is required green development smart public policy?

    Here’s a potentially good idea about which I’m rather ambivalent: rules requiring in-city developers to include robust landscaping features such as green roofs and vegetation-covered walls. It’s easy on the eyes, but it may not be smart public policy. To …

  • Measure 37 madness

    Property owners bribe their own communities

    Here’s a perfect example of why pay-or-waive laws don’t work. In the rural Oregon community of Prineville, a property owner filed a claim under Measure 37 demanding to be allowed to build his house on a specific portion of his …

  • Taking back the initiatives

    Takings initiatives die deserved death

    Five outta six ain’t bad. As I mentioned earlier, the takings measures in Montana and Nevada were yanked by the courts. Then last night, the good news just kept on coming. Voters in three Western states — California, Idaho, and …

  • The takings conspiracy

    Misleading campaigns and unconstitutional initiatives

    In my previous posts on the 2006 takings ballot measures (here, here, and here), I promised I’d get out the tinfoil hat and talk conspiracy theory. So here goes …

  • Property wrongs in Oregon

    Stories of how Measure 37 has affected Oregon landowners

    For two days now, I’ve been blathering on about the unholy “property rights” ballot measures in 2006 — see here and here. But if you really want to understand the potential impacts of these takings initiatives, there’s one real-world example: …

  • Raw sewage, takings, and you

    Regulatory takings initiatives tie communities’ hands

    I love sewers. I love them because the alternative is so much worse. Ponder that for a moment. What the heck do sewers have to do with property rights and regulatory takings? Patience, grasshopper. As I wrote yesterday, a rash …

  • 'Regulatory takings' measures: Pay me to obey

    Western ballot measures would gut environmental protections

    A couple of weeks ago, while hurrying to a favorite trout stream, I was pulled over for speeding in a small town. I must have been fried from months of research and writing on the so-called "property rights" movement, because …

  • Go west, young wolf

    Wolves are returning to their home in Oregon

    It seems that wolves are returning home to Oregon. A little more than a decade ago, Oregon was wolf-less, along with the rest of the American West, a legacy of government-sanctioned poisoning, trapping, and shooting to make the land safe …