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Feb 26 pioneer commented on More About the Architectural Gentrification of Seattle and How Afrocentric Design Principles Can Stop It.
@8 Did you not read the whole comment? Paris is also not full of shitty "breadboxes" because it was primarily built prior to such restrictive zoning; the setback ordinance is especially pernicious in creating aesthetically displeasing development. In the end it's all water under the bridge until our entire economic system is refined to include a greater emphasis on aesthetics and equity.
Feb 26 pioneer commented on A Last-Ditch Effort to Preserve the Heart of the Central District.
@15 That is absolutely not true. The suburb may originally be a western construct, but it's ignorant to not see how it has spread around the world's cities. Not to mention that the idea of the "third world" is an outdated relic of the cold war.
Feb 26 pioneer commented on A Last-Ditch Effort to Preserve the Heart of the Central District.
The tech driven asset bubble is absolutely in opposition to preventing uncontrolled gentrification and losing the soul of this city. If you think otherwise just visit San Fran, or hell Pike and Pine. So editors at The Stranger, think of that when you cheerlead for big tech development, loss of old economy businesses, and the next $20 cocktail den. Like most things in life, the need for moderation here is incredibly important. Of course I have no data backing this up--if there are such data--but the city seemed to have been at its best a few years ago before gentrification fully colonized Capitol Hill, Ballard, etc. It's little wonder that the more interesting neighborhoods that remain are those that have seen more limited change such as Georgetown, the U District, ID, Greenwood, etc. Broadway is over, South Lake Union is over, Fremont is over, Queen Anne is over, Ballard and Pike Pine are nearly there. Sure it's nice to be able to get a great cocktail in neighborhoods where you used to have to settle for a Rainier draft, but I'd that really worth brutalizing the under classes of the city for?
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Jan 6 pioneer commented on Why the Seattle Woman Who Wants to End Mass Incarceration Is Defending Pot Prosecutions.
The mmj "racket" is entirely necessary as long as prices are fixed too high and there are only five retail stores within the city limits. The recreational system is a complete bastardization of the intent of the voters. Holcomb should be ashamed of her complicity in this ridiculous sham.
Dec 8, 2014 pioneer commented on New Ayn Rand Novel to Screw Up the Lives of a Whole New Generation of White College Kids.
Still am yet to meet someone that has actually read one of these beasts. Do 20-30 year olds actually read Rand?
Dec 8, 2014 pioneer commented on Seven Arrested After Yesterday's Large and Peaceful Protest Against Police Brutality.
@5 @11 Agree with Catalina that a dearth of minority officers probably negatively affects the institutional culture. As for @11, a big part of the hiring story seems to be that a lot of these officers are coming right out of the military, with the attendant battlefield mentality and very formalized belief systems. Just as is the case for 'civilians,' I don't think generalizing all officers as unlawful thugs is helpful in deescalating violent interactions, or encouraging minority hiring. Though I'm cynical, and under no illusions that a lot of these guys (they're mainly guys) are just deeply entrenched racists that probably have to be drummed out. Perhaps trying to train officers at a younger age when they're still intellectually malleable would be a good policy.

Practically though a lot of this stuff goes out the window, because you still have to staff SPD and I don't see progressive, SCCC or UW types flocking to overturn the policing culture. Like teaching and the higher levels of the military, impose higher standards of pay, education, and social status, and you would probably see more qualified people taking those policing jobs.
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Dec 8, 2014 pioneer commented on Even If You're a Hillary Clinton Fan, You Should Sign Your Support to Elizabeth Warren.
Liz Warren? Bernie Sanders?

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Save the theatrics and try to find a liberal or progressive that could actually get elected.
Dec 8, 2014 pioneer commented on Today's Protest Is Brought to You By "Anarchists in the Pacific Northwest".
God, anarchists are freaking embarrassing man. Like @15 wrote, root cause? Please.
Dec 8, 2014 pioneer commented on Weekend Review: Temporary Tattoos? Hawt Pits! Matthew McConaughey... and the Meat Puppets!.
Christ, $50? Why not send it to Eric Garner's family or something. #hottake
Jul 8, 2014 pioneer commented on This Guy Just Bought the First Recreational Pot in Washington State.
What a joke, $20-25/grams? I'll stick with the delivery services, thank you very much.
 

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