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LIVING CONDITIONS - Take the SmartHouseSurvey.com

Elizabeth Trice, a local activist and grad student at the Muskie School, has posted a survey online asking for Portlanders' opinions on housing trade-offs. It's a clever idea, mainly because it accepts the traditional (and somewhat anti-postmodernist) notion that to get one thing you want you have to give up something else you want. And it asks you to rate your preference on a number of different attributes of housing (including the idea of sharing a car as part of a living arrangement, something many couples do but relatively few singles do).

Trice is looking for everyone's input, but mostly from people who do not already own their homes, and from single adults and single parents. The obvious problem is that the survey is not a random sampling of people, but instead a self-selecting group of respondents contacted in non-random ways (based on, for example, habits of reading a particular blog). So its generalizability will be limited, though some interesting perspectives may emerge. We look forward to seeing the results!

(Plus, if you take the survey, you can win a $50 gift certificate to a local bike shop!)
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