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Jun 4, 2009 rainiersooner commented on Thinking Small.
No JonbyD - you assume low wage earners are undesirable, which is why you don't want them in your neighborhood. Read your own statements.

Alan G - I actually feel for you...my guess is that this reporter twisted the statements from both sides to tell the story he wanted to tell. Transparency is indeed an important principle to uphold. To be fair though, it looks to me as if the developer complied with existing laws - it's probably no more fair to accuse them of scheming and manipulation than it is to accuse you of classism.
Jun 3, 2009 rainiersooner commented on Thinking Small.
JonbyD - who said this was about altruism? Why does Mr. Mulhair's motive matter to you? I would assume he is trying to make a profit and I hope he does (and to your comment about "do the math" - I assume you recognize that there is a difference between revenue and profit). Who cares where Mr. Mulhair lives? How is that relevant? Furthermore, affordable housing of this sort fills the gap for working class individuals, not middle class wage earners. Where else in Seattle do you expect someone who nets, say $1,500 per month to live? Why do you assume such a person is an undesirable. The fact of the matter is that very few - if any - developers are filling this market need.
Jun 3, 2009 rainiersooner commented on Thinking Small.
Apologies - didn't think my first comment was posted.
Jun 3, 2009 rainiersooner commented on Thinking Small.
This is a classic case of nimby-ism. Either this city and its citizens embrace affordable housing, or we pursue the alternative - i.e., suburban flight, with the attendant cultural and environmental problems it creates. I would like to know what interests Sally Clarke is bowing to in opposing affordable housing. I would like to see her answer for that in this election year. Frankly, I applaud Mulhair and his company for being a private sector solution to a public sector policy.
Jun 3, 2009 rainiersooner commented on Thinking Small.
People can't have it both ways. Either we embrace affordable housing close to downtown Seattle...or we embrace suburban flight, with the cultural and environmental ramifications thereof. I applaud Mulhair and Calhoun properties for providing private-sector solutions to public/governmental policies.