Nov 23, 2013 GSDH commented on Sawant Just Says It: Boeing Workers Should Take Over the Factories.
Awesome. Keep marginalizing yourself, Sawant.
Nov 13, 2013 GSDH commented on Machinists Reject Boeing Suicide Pact Contract.
Goldy, have you ever taken a basic accounting class, a finance class... anything? Have you ever run a lemonade stand? Put together a budget? Do you know what you're talking about at all re: business, or have you simply mastered the gimmick of sprinkling yer big blocks of black and white nothing with click-bait: "fuck" and "suicide"? Slog -- please stop trying to cover business.
Jul 26, 2013 GSDH commented on Flip-Flop Alert: Ed Murray Strongly Supported Mayor McGinn's Policy on Whole Foods Before He Vehemently Opposed It.
McGinn is not motivated by a concern for West Seattle. He received $50,000+ from UNITE HERE and UFCW 21, and that is wholly his reason for picking a fight with Whole Foods. They endorsed him two days after he took his bizarre stance.

McGinn has supported the WS Triangle project in the past (which this is a part of), and this meets all sorts of other criteria that McGinn would generally approve of (density near RapidRide, adding bike lanes). The alley itself is a non-issue since it's being incorporated into the project, just shifted ten feet (so they're building over the alley only technically). If it weren't the alley McGinn would have found some other bureaucratic tool to use against Whole Foods. That's corrupt. It's the union money that got to him.

(No, I don't know who I'll vote for. I usually don't vote. Maybe Steinbruek.)
Jul 26, 2013 GSDH commented on Flip-Flop Alert: Ed Murray Strongly Supported Mayor McGinn's Policy on Whole Foods Before He Vehemently Opposed It.
@53. Okay, another example. The Safeway that's three blocks away from this site did involve an alley vacation. But it's unionized so no problem there. Anyway, decide: Is this about preserving our precious rundown alleys, or is it about declaring that nonunionized companies are unwelcome in Seattle from now on? Or just the latter by way of the former? Just when donations are involved? In any case it's terrible governance.

I suppose I'm writing reasonably effectively if you're dismissing me as a "shill." It's saddening that people with basic free market viewpoints aren't welcome at the Slog. I have been naive.
Jul 25, 2013 GSDH commented on Flip-Flop Alert: Ed Murray Strongly Supported Mayor McGinn's Policy on Whole Foods Before He Vehemently Opposed It.
@40. I don't think addressing food deserts is as simple as rezoning. Would the marketplace then bring in grocers? Hopefully, but not necessarily. You see how this is kind of a bigger issue, not really related to McGinn's nonsense.

@39. Yes, I do read the WSB and follow these things.

This development is zoned to be up to 85 feet tall. It's only 70 feet. It's set back extra from the street in order for there to be a bike lane added. I did think this building was shaping up to be pretty ugly, but at the last design board review meeting, the new plan that was unveiled, with the lit tower (vs. the rainbow tiled one), additional outdoor plaza spaces, is notably better looking. In short, it could be a lot worse.

While everyone's freaking out over this development, where are the protests about the 85-footers that are coming in at the heart of the Junction, on the old Super Supplements and Petco lots? Now that will really change the feel of the neighborhood. Or the Link building... that's pretty undeniably ugly (but it's still better than no commerce at all in my view).

Yes, I just registered because I don't generally consider the Slog's "business coverage" to be worth my time. The music listings are sometimes useful. I've studied economics and have long outgrown the Stranger's narcissistic campus socialism. But the mayor's stance on this is particularly offensive to me, so I had to say something.
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Jul 25, 2013 GSDH commented on Flip-Flop Alert: Ed Murray Strongly Supported Mayor McGinn's Policy on Whole Foods Before He Vehemently Opposed It.
"I want a supermarket (or four) in the largest food desert in all of Seattle"

"there are better things to put in that empty lot"

These are noble goals. Fortunately, this is a free country so you can go into the development field and try to make it happen yourself. In the mean time, in reality, we can't simply have the government "make" these things happen. Unless you're arguing for what? state-run grocery stores? That's what I mean by boundaries.
Jul 25, 2013 GSDH commented on Flip-Flop Alert: Ed Murray Strongly Supported Mayor McGinn's Policy on Whole Foods Before He Vehemently Opposed It.
Throughout this, we've heard no complaints from actual Whole Foods employees. There's been general support for the project from the neighborhood that will actually be affected.

There's no one to save here. Whole Foods' employees have voted their company onto Forbes' 100 best places to work list for the past 15 years in a row. This development is simply a sign of West Seattle's robust economic health. Things are chugging along nicely. God save us from politicians trying to save us.

Yes, it's good to have a sense of personal boundaries.
Jul 25, 2013 GSDH commented on Flip-Flop Alert: Ed Murray Strongly Supported Mayor McGinn's Policy on Whole Foods Before He Vehemently Opposed It.
I've asked it in another thread, and I'll ask it here:

How many of you cheering on McGinn actually live in West Seattle? Or is this spat just free entertainment?

People in West Seattle are by and large excited for this development. It's received many rounds of feedback from the public. It's replacing a decrepit, vacant lot. Come back to reality.
Jul 25, 2013 GSDH commented on Bruce Harrell Calls Mayor's Argument for Blocking Whole Foods "Very Shallow in Substance".
I hope all understand this:

There will still be an alley, a better one. The alley is being sold to the developers, but it is being widened, improved, and incorporated into the new project. The only reason it has to be sold, and can't simply be incorporated, is that its location is being shifted south by ten feet. Check it out:

http://westseattleblog.com/blog/wp-conte…
Jul 25, 2013 GSDH commented on Ed Murray Says Mayor McGinn "Is Wrong" on West Seattle Whole Foods.
Simple question: How many of you actually live in West Seattle? Truly care what happens to the neighborhood in question? There's currently a run-down funeral home, a gas station, and a car lot there. Is that really more appealing to your sensibilities than a health food store?

West Seattle is not the proper venue to play out the psychodrama of your hatred for Whole Foods' CEO (who is a libertarian and has dared, for those just tuning in, to insult the Affordable Care Act). Reality is not a Huffington Post comments thread.

Understand that McGinn's move, if taken seriously by the City Council, could absolutely kill the entire mixed-use project (they tend to depend on the anchor tenant), leaving West Seattle with years of more nothingness on that lot. Whole Foods, and other businesses, want to come in. (Whole Foods, by the way, has been on the Forbes' list of the 100 best places to work in the U.S., as voted by its own employees, for the past 15 years.) This is not a coal mine. Seattle already has six. It's primary season --- time for the mayor to get divisive. Don't get worked up by it.

Step back from the ledge, folks. Economic vibrancy and growth are good things.
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