commented on All You Motherfuckers Complaining That aPodments Are Too Small at 200 Square Feet
I think the concerns around a "low" class of people moving into these places is not just NIMBY crap, it's also simply incorrect. It is young, moderately wealthy people who will live in these...people who want to save on housing expense so they can spend MORE on other things (travel, restaurants, events, etc). Actual poor people for the most part wouldn't be able to make this type of situation work. Living a minimalist life, ironically, is often expensive. That's one of the reasons so many underprivileged people are now moving to the suburbs...not only is it cheaper than the inner city, they can actually have room for all the crap their poverty forces them to possess.
Moreover, if the Stranger is hoping these apodments will drive a more vibrant art community and keep that energy in-city, I think they're in for serious disappointment. Because in addition to often being poor (and thus in possession of stuff) most artists, depending on what exactly their art is, require space. As fnarf @14 implies/states, these places are built for the Technorati.
commented on Sacramento Columnist Slams Our "City of Limited Introspection"
I think the "city of limited introspection" is the one that just allowed itself to be ass-fucked by the NBA. The arena deal they have sucks shit. It will cost the people of Sac-town untold millions for decades. There was hardly any oversight, with a mayor willing to do just about anything to keep the team...bad combination.
Seattle is the town conducting itself like an adult. We wouldn't allow a pack of billionaires to fleece the city. That's why the Sonics left in the first place. We lost the Kings for the same reason; we aren't anywhere near as willing to raid the public coffers to fund an arena. Maybe with a little more "introspection," Sacramento will discover they just mortgaged their collective civic pride in the service of making a few rich people even richer. Congratulations, dumbasses.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: I'm Out
I don't get it...I took a bunch of shit from you people in a different thread on the use of "pussy" as an insult; now I come here and find all sorts of "cunt" defense? I'm confused.
commented on Out of Work Jesus Freak Tops Forbes List of Most Influential Athletes
What exactly is he going to influence? He won't even be in the league this year. Even the CFL is a stretch. He did have a brief moment with the Broncos, but that was 18 months ago...an eternity.
Calling him "most influential" now makes Forbes look culturally retarded (in the chronological sense, if not the developmentally disabled sense), no matter what their survey said.
commented on Eating in the Dark
Jesus man, half the pleasure of wine is how it smells. Is it possible your anti-smell position is subconsciously based on some misguided Marxist belief that wine appreciation is a game for the bourgeoisie? At least that would be ideologically consistent and not just batshit crazy.