commented on Art Space and Race
My only problem with this article comes from Galvan's comment at the end and the approach to diversity this represents, "turning all the low income housing into mixed income growth, turning people out of the city."
First, people are getting turned out of the city because centrality and urban surroundings are cool. For every net loss of one subsidized housing unit, there have been 10 losses of neighborhood homes that the market simply turned on. In other words, a single "strategy" can only be applied to centrally managed housing, and the big losses in low income units are NOT in centrally managed properties (AKA - SHA). The market moved urban for a whole lotta reasons, people bought close to the city where they could afford it and are less afraid of diversity than in past generations.
Second, the complaint USED to be, that the "strategy" was to create ghettos where low-income people were penned in, incapable of moving anywhere else, and then deny them adequate services while serving the rest of the (richer, whiter) city. So, the fact that the former ghetto is getting some people with higher incomes could be seen as an improvement on that OLD problem. But it brought a new problem - which is people with more money drive up land values and then people with less can't afford to live there anymore.
The real problem is this - the city is balancing its growth with mixed income even while the city as a whole gets more expensive. But the city refuses to TRULY integrate the city by putting low-income, subsidized units in all the neighborhoods that fought them during the ghetto-ization years. So now, low-income residents are fighting within their own neighborhoods rather than being given options THROUGHOUT the city, such that we don't repeat the ghetto problem of a generation ago.
Put 5000 low income units in a mixture of Admiral, Ravenna, Wedgwood, View Ridge, Laurelhurst, Madison Park, N Cap Hill, Green Lake, Wallingford, Fremont, and upper Queen Anne. Otherwise, the market and the well-intentioned efforts of SHA to NOT re-ghettoize certain neighborhoods are going to push these people out. Which is wrong.
I just think the quote identifies all the wrong problems, and fails to supply a solution.
commented on The Good News and the Bad News About Bike Share
So, if they (PSBS) say they have contacted companies, and the company that responded to The Stranger said they didn't... maybe PSBS doesn't know who or how to engage these companies?
I hope this works and agree someone should step up to sponsor it Downtown, B-town, Cap Hill, Pioneer Sq. But maybe PSBS is just not very good at reaching companies for such things. There is a certain skill to knowing you're talking to the right person, and being persistent until you do talk to the right person. Maybe they just don't have it.
commented on Sunday Comic
I love summer here. But the only reason summer here is uniquely awesome is the rain the rest of the year. So I get this, in a way.
commented on Secretly Feeding Chicken Stock to Vegetarians
Great chance for snobbish, petty vegetarians to engage a snobbish, petty vegi-troller. Respect people's dietary choices or don't. But don't be a passive aggressive whiny bitch about it. Lame.
commented on The Sunday Morning News
In case anyone cared - The total amount of the pork uncovered by the crack ST team amounts to 0.5% of the annual budget. The 4 examples of porky projects? Affordable Housing, Community College facilities, a WSU expansion, and a historical marker.
Great job uncovering the horrible truth about how the state government does... ya know... WHAT GOVERNMENTS DO by spending on EDUCATION, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, and HISTORY.
The trinity of the faith-based policy demagogues at ST editorial are waste, fraud, and abuse. Of which they just uncovered, little, less, and none.