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?
Dec 8, 2014
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.