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Jan 18 TobyinFremont commented on State Labor Council's Teresa Mosqueda to Run for Seattle City Council.
It's odd how Slog comments sound more like the Times every day...
Dec 19, 2016 TobyinFremont commented on Today In The Myth of White People Being Left Behind.
@1: "the Democrat Party"

Your comments can henceforth be ignored.
Dec 8, 2016 TobyinFremont commented on Dan Savage's Open Letter to Paul Allen on Lidding I-5, Righting a Wrong, and Leaving a Legacy.
Hippies ran this rag in the late '90s? In your acid infested dreams Dan. Posers maybe.

BTW, @44: Kalakala was crapped in Tacoma almost two years ago.

Nov 9, 2016 TobyinFremont commented on Books That Will Help You Make Sense of Seattle's Housing Crisis.
You frame the anti-NIMBY argument: "these type of homeowners want to protect the value of their home." More accurate is that they most want to protect the place value of their home (and neighborhood). Capital cares not a whit about the place value of real property, only the exchange value.

Thanks for a good summary and list of references.
Aug 31, 2016 TobyinFremont commented on The Stranger Is Rescinding Its Endorsement of Erin Jones and Will Back Chris Reykdal in the General Election.
I hope more people will learn from this experience to view Stranger endorsements with less credulity. I mostly agree with the SECB's recommendations, but about a quarter of the time they are based on irrelevant and idiotic criteria. Please do your own research, read endorsements by many entities (including the Times!) and don't take the SECB's cheat sheet as politically correct holy writ. It is not.
Aug 11, 2016 TobyinFremont commented on Solutions to Seattleā€™s Growing Housing Crisis: Part Four.
Good finish to the series by listing needed actions. @4's comments are a good addition. Your 3rd point (American hatred for the inherent radicalism of cities) is especially important and relates to a number of other key points, like the regressive tax structure imposed by the state legislature. This state's (and others') dysfunctional governance is not a simple D:R dynamic, being much more urban:suburban:rural.

Regarding Piketty, see this critique showing that even he has bought into the neoliberal presumption that growth must continue without end.

@8, we have to figure out how to have low-carbon lifestyles without requiring everyone to live in the dense urban centers. Every city on the planet has sprawl and moreover is intimately connected to and reliant on a vast area for ecosystem ser…, related stocks of material (metals, wood), and subject to the same risk of economic downturn due to a debt ridden casino political-economy wit….
Aug 5, 2016 TobyinFremont commented on Seattle's Neighborhood Councils Are Exclusionary, Self-Interested "Cartels," and the City Wants to Cut Ties with Them.
Ansel, your (and other urbanists') understanding of the political economy in Seattle and how it drives the current housing and related inequity problems would be much more accurate if you would read Charles Mudede's article in the same issue. He even cites a book that explains the operating neoliberal dynamic in detail. Even if you don't agree with its thesis (or the earlier work it is grounded on) it will help you write op-eds (that's what your piece is) that are much more convincing.

And please stop using the "Seattle is 65% SF" canard. This "fact" has been debunked repeatedly (e.g.). Using it just makes you look like you don't care if your facts are accurate or not.
Aug 1, 2016 TobyinFremont commented on Guest Editorial: Density Done Right by Confronting Displacement.
kingfisher, are you volunteering to be our dictator? Your language resonates with every fascist demagogue, right through to Trump.
Aug 1, 2016 TobyinFremont commented on Guest Editorial: Density Done Right by Confronting Displacement.
I don't understand how the City Council can move forward to adopt MHA-R when the City (OPCD) last Thursday (July 28) issued a SEPA Declaration of Significance for that very action.
May 31, 2016 TobyinFremont commented on Wallingford Community Council Accused of "Prejudice Toward Renters".
Speaking as a next door neighbor to Wallingford (see my name); it is an ongoing struggle to get renters more involved in neighborhood councils. In fact, we have trouble getting anyone to get and stay involved, but renters are more difficult than owners because they do tend to move more frequently. In Fremont, we have not had contested elections for years; if you show up consistently, you're in (up to allowed 15 members on board).

Also, dealing with high stakes land use issues like HALA and the comp plan update is a small part of what we do. We also deal with review and input of specific projects, bar problems (noise, drunken peeing in yards), Aurora problems (it took FNC and Fremont Aurora Wallingford Neighbors years to deal with crime focused on a couple motels), getting art around the neighborhood, getting membership up, review of traffic and parking function and proposing/working on solutions with the City and groups like Greenways, helping with MLK Day and other community events, hearing what the zoo is up to and giving input, etc. It's endless and for many it's picayune stuff. For many, this stuff is boring. It's meetings month after month.