After about a dozen years of debate, the threat of state legislation and an aggressive pro-housing push by tech moguls, residents of Brisbane finally agreed to allow a developer to build homes on the city’s massive Baylands site.

As of Wednesday evening, a mere 853 voters — less than a third of Brisbane’s registered voters — cast ballots in Tuesday’s election on Measure JJ. Of those votes, 452 were in favor of the city allowing up to 2,200 homes and 7 million square feet of commercial development…

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