TobyinFremont
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11:06 PM yesterday TobyinFremont commented on Why Does This House Cost $1,000,000?.
Dan—Fremont has not been majority SF zoning ever.

@52—You do realize that the CD had lots of SF zoning with housing owned by POC until gentrification displaced most of them starting in the 1980s?

Apr 13 TobyinFremont commented on Person of Interest: Lisa Geertsen.
I love old tools. I know nothing (very little anyway) about blacksmithing, but that anvil caught my eye. Nice looking piece of metal. I looked up on line and they're still made but I suspect this one is quite old. Thanks for doing what you do.
Feb 22 TobyinFremont commented on A United Kingdom Is an Excellent Story of the Tension Between Economic Prosperity and Interracial Love.
I spent the summer of 1968 in Botswana (right out of high school), hanging out with various Peace Corps volunteers and traveling around the county. It was wonderful. I remember a group of visiting (white) South African teenagers at the Chobe lodge, discussing where their country was going with Apartheid. Basically a heated verlichte vs. verkrampte argument. Enlightening for me!

Thanks for the review; now I've got to see that film.
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 Seattle’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….
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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.
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