It's about 7AM as I write this from Greenbuild in Chicago - WAY before a freelance writer's normal wakeup time. But it was with irrepressible joy I read this morning (from a comment left by Aneeda here, then on the Oregon Live website) that Measure 49 has passed. I can hear voices in my head of a chorus of children going, "Ding dong, ding dong." Not as in Hostess snack cakes, but as in the old refrain, "The king is dead!" The king, in this case, being that wretched hive of scum and villainy: Measure 37. After the election of 2000, I feel a little paranoid that the announced results will be reversed in some kind of vast right wing conspiracy. But if the 49 victory holds, Oregon's land use planning has for now been rescued from oblivion, from strip malls and subdivisions paving and sprawling our little paradise here.
37 is dead - long live 49!!!!!!