Urban Conditional: Room for a view?

It would be a pretty boring election season if not for Question 2. The referendum, put forth by the Save the Soul of Portland group, asks voters to preserve sightlines, particularly those from a short stretch of eastern Fore Street overlooking the harbor. Fore Street sits above the Portland Co., an old industrial complex slated for development by CPB2.

The nature of nature

For some time now, nature and culture have been considered, in one way or another, diametrically opposed. And by “for some time” I mean quite some time. Consider, for instance, Adam and Eve's little blunder in the garden and subsequent exile. Consult Plato and his notion that the natural, physical world is a degradation of forms. Think, too, of Locke, Rousseau and Hobbes, and how, in one way or another, for better or worse, civil…
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