There will always be people who want to paint the issue of housing as an either/or proposition — either livable neighborhoods or dense development — and line up opponents on both sides for a good fight. Portland Tribune's coverage of Business for a Better Portland's forum on housing earlier this month suggested that BBPDX, which represents 400 businesses and organizations of all sizes in and around Portland, is squaring off against neighborhood associations in a battle for more housing options. That's not at all the ethos of Business for a Better Portland.

We're here to tell you that the issue of housing — and the critical housing shortage that is facing cities across the country — isn't that simple.