David N. Welton 
Member since Mar 24, 2016

Recent Comments

Re: “Green Building: A Smart Investment?

You know what's even greener than green buildings? Building things close enough together so that people don't have to drive for *everything* in their lives:…

Of course that's not for everyone, but if the market will produce it, we should allow it.

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Posted by David N. Welton on 02/20/2019 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Proposed Apartment Building Draws Ire

It's the very essence of NIMBY - "ok, we need that... but not here, not like that".

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Posted by David N. Welton on 02/28/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “The Bill That Could Stop the Completion of the Deschutes River Trail

Looking at the Google Maps satellite imagery of the area it seems like much ado about nothing: it's a foot bridge, not a four lane highway. The area is already built up on all sides with houses. Encouraging more people to walk or bike across the river rather than drive around via Reed Market seems eminently sensible to me.

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Posted by David N. Welton on 04/28/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “New Rent Control Law in Portland: A Lesson for Bend?

The housing crisis is critical to Bend's future. If we don't fix things, Boulder, Colorado, with an average price of over 600,000 dollars is what we can look forward to, and people like teachers and firefighters priced out of the market completely.

However: rent control is a terrible idea. What we need is more supply. This is something that pretty much all economists, whether they lean left or right agree on.

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Posted by David N. Welton on 02/28/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “How to Handle the Housing Crisis?

The answer, is of course, to build more housing. That can take various forms, including building out via the UGB, building in, and building up.…

Posted by David N. Welton on 09/30/2016 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Wilderness - Mt. Bike Fight Brewing

In terms of "time tested", actually, banning bikes from Wilderness areas was a later addition, not part of the original rules and regulations for Wilderness areas.

In terms of physical damage, that's simply not true: horses, which are allowed in Wilderness areas, do far more damage. In terms of "spiritual damage", you can make up any old thing you want - you could say that people trail running in bright neon outfits do "spiritual damage". But that's more a reflection of yourself than other people, isn't it?

You seem to be projecting things that simply bear no relationship to reality. I don't ride my bike in "full moto-cross gear". I'm fine with sharing, and practice good trail etiquette. I always slow down and let hikers and horseback riders by, with a hello and a smile. Perhaps not everyone does, but I've met hikers who were jerks too - that's more about who a person is rather than what kind of transportation they use.

And while we're on the subject... baby strollers - are those in the physical, or spiritual damage category?

What's silly is that in terms of actual environmental damage, neither hikers, nor horses, nor bikes do 1/100,000th of the damage a logging or mining operation does, and by needlessly dividing ourselves, we're getting distracted from what actually impacts the environment the most.

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Posted by David N. Welton on 03/24/2016 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Wilderness - Mt. Bike Fight Brewing

These people are alienating all of us mountain bikers, who must now choose between more Wilderness, an idea I think a lot of us love, and fewer places to ride, which isn't good.

Mountain bikes do less damage than horses, without even considering that hunting is legitimate in Wilderness areas. I'm not opposed to hunting, but I certainly think leaving a boot track or tire track is far less impactful than killing an animal. Indeed, not just mountain bikes are banned, but baby strollers are too! The current policies just don't seem rational.

Allowing bikes on a case-by-case basis, with the decision made by local managers, makes a lot of sense to me.

Rather than being upset about other people going to "our" Wilderness, we should realize it belongs to all of us, and concentrate on enjoying it rather than being bothered by the "wrong" sorts of people being present.

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Posted by David N. Welton on 03/24/2016 at 1:57 PM

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