When we protested that we did not want to be densified as planners intended, they told us that if we didn't let them rezone Oak Grove now, Metro would require them to rezone us to higher densities later. Metro is Portland's regional planning agency and it gave population targets to Clackamas County and all of the cities in the Portland area. Planners were required to rezone neighborhoods to meet their population targets.

Metro's office building, shown here, is a former Sears department store. Rather than tear the building down and build a new one, which would have cost $15 million, Metro proved their planning skills by recycling the old Sears building -- at a cost of $30 million.

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