commented on Then and Now: The Rent Of a Central District Apartment
@1, 2, 3: I think you are both partly right. Property taxes have increased, and these costs are eventually passed along to tenants in increased rents -- but the tax increases are not all due to us voting for additional levies. A very substantial portion is due to the higher assessed value of the properties. And the rent increases are way bigger than the tax increases. If the taxes were zero we would still see high rents because there is a high demand for rental housing. However, the higher rents may not be "like a lottery win" for the owner. It might be if they bought the building 25 years ago. But if they bought it recently (or in 2008 before the market fell), their mortgage may leave them (deliberately) cash neutral or cash negative while they wait for the value of the property to go up. It takes many years to make money as a landlord unless you start with a huge amount of money in the first place.
Oct 10, 2016
commented on A Black Woman Gets A Warm Welcome from Racist Seattle
How does the behavior of an apparently racist bank manager translate to "racist Seattle"? I'm not suggesting that Seattle is or is not racist, just that the article does not even try to support the most important assertion in the headline.
Sep 27, 2016
commented on Presidential Debate: The Stranger's Live-Slog
@15, 17: nevertheless, it looks like most pundits are saying Hillary won -- that Trump didn't know how to respond to her attacks and took a serious beating. Of course there is no objective way to score it yet, and you could argue for either side winning. Here's something to consider, though: a common point leading up to the debate was that Trump would benefit from low expectations, but expectations were low for Hillary too, on exactly the items you point out. Everyone expects her to be a smug, know-it-all, policy wonk. And of course her outfits and hairstyles (not to mention her lipstick, shoes, earrings, handbag, eyelliner, waist size, height, and nail polish) have been the subject of derision for 25 years. So are the pundits "delusional"? Probably not. Did Trump win "big time"? Let's watch the polls to find out.