Portland voters are being asked to approve a referendum question that could cripple future investment and tarnish the city’s reputation for welcoming new ideas.
Question 2, the so-called “viewshed referendum,” places predictability and fairness on the back burner, and seeks to place current plans for developing the Portland waterfront there as well.
Scenic views are part of Portland’s and Maine’s allure. Protecting the views is something of a tradition here, but so is fair dealing and open-mindedness. The referendum would skew the playing field against those who are willing to partner with the city in revitalizing residential and commercial properties, discouraging the economic and social benefits that would come with those investments. Read more…