Jul 26, 2012
commented on Why Vote No on the Kiddie-Condo-Juvie
One of this poster's central points is that the County's selling its excess land to allow development equals support of prison-profiteering gentrifying developers.
Several decades ago King County razed dozens of homes and obliterated several blocks of public streets in order to build the Youth Services Facility and adjacent parking lot. Among all of the other things that passage of the levy would do is to help restore the urban fabric that was destroyed. Actually a lot of people in the neighborhood would look forward to replacing a vast asphalt parking lot surrounded by a chain link fence with homes for people. And, instead of a barren stretch of street-front serving no one but the people who drive their cars to park all day, maybe some retail services that we currently have to leave the neighborhood to find? The vision that the poster has of condos for the wealthy seems less likely than, say, the building about to be finished at 12th and Jefferson which will have (subsidized) apartments priced for the incomes of the people who work in the hospitals and university/college nearby. That sounds better to me than a parking lot.