Feb 21, 2016
commented on Thin Blue Line Meets Blinking Red Light
Evidence like this would get me fired from my $15/hr job, #1 reason being slacking, #2 reason being poor customer service, #3 reason being conspiring to sabotage the business behind the boss's back. Who's paying the salaries here? Oh, wait...
Feb 20, 2016
commented on Another Foreclosure Suicide in Washington State
How many of these foreclosures are older people?
When you're laid off and replaced by a cheap new grad at age 50, it's not easy clawing your way back. No 30-year-old manager wants their mom/dad working for them. Experience matters less in the new economy. Contractors are paid less.
Meanwhile, health care & insurance are much more expensive when you're older. And if you were foolish enough to have a family in Seattle, well, then you're getting your comeuppance. Of course, that modest house you bought in the 90s when you were salaried costs more and more as the new Seattle impacts your taxes.
It's not always greedy yuppies buying too much house. This is a sea change.
(Tldr: Old people need to get with the program.)
Feb 17, 2016
commented on Construction & Destruction
Giving our neighbors a face and telling their story. That's how you build a community. That's the role of reporting these days. Gentrification has meant we don't know our neighbors anymore, and not knowing them, we don't care about them. Let's all be visible to one another.
Thanks for this personal glimpse inside the upheaval. (OK, that's my new name for what's going on in Seattle now: The Upheaval.)
That said, imo give these neighbors access to community-building grants. I'd rather have them (us) serving my neighborhood than a new Walmart (which is being threatened for 23/Jax).
Please do some reporting on Vulcan's plans for redeveloping 23/Jax — seen a little on CHS blog, would like to know much more. Thx