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Jan 29 south downtown commented on Living in a Micro-Apartment Is "Like Living in a Closet".
"How much space do you need for one human?"

obviously not much if one "spends most of his downtime playing video games like Borderlands and Dragon Age."
Jan 16 south downtown commented on The City Council Is About to Approve Priority Hire Legislation. Here's What That Means..
classic election cycle pandering - crumbs to the poor and gifts to the unions.

(and the WA Bus sticker is a nice touch)

this process started in 2013, and this is the best we can do?
Jan 16 south downtown commented on The Search for General Tso: The Story Behind the Ubiquitous Dish.
"There are now more Chinese restaurants in the United States than there are McDonald’s, Burger Kings, and KFCs combined."

well, there may be hope for the US after all...
Jan 9 south downtown commented on Exit Harvard Exit: Photos from the Last Night of a Seattle Institution.
it should be pointed out the that developer turning this theater into offices is also building micro-housing on the hill.

can we say gentrification?
Jan 9 south downtown commented on Attention, City Council Carpetbaggers: You Have One Week Left to Move.
@7 the districts had to be population balanced, and to facilitate redistricting after the next census boundaries where drawn along census tracts.
Dec 17, 2014 south downtown commented on Malay Satay Hut Is Closed! But Here Are Six New Seattle Spots.
RIP Malay Satay Hut.

They catered our wedding, at ConWorks (also RIP). At least Rockaraoke, our band, is still kickin'...
Nov 14, 2014 south downtown commented on The Best New Work of Architecture in South Seattle Isn't for the Living but the Storage of Stuff.
That building is a disaster and shows how eff'd up Charles' bona fides are in regards to the so-called "urbanist" label he so proudly wears on his sleeve.

For crissakes, you have to be kidding that you think that is a good looking building.

As pointed out above, the building is a design disaster -- and how the hell that monstrosity made it through Design Review is a testament to how mismanaged by DPD that program is. Clearly the DR Board that looked at that project is incompetent or at a minimum just doesn't give a shit about the urban environs they are creating for poor people in the "most racially diverse zipcode in the US".

And simply this project is the worst form of "urban" usage one could envisage for an area that perhaps could be a real urban hub. And that shit should have been the theme for Charles opine - not the design of the building.

So instead, where the City has targeted density and "urbanism", we instead build a paean to excess consumerism, hording and tiny houses. (which also shows how screwed up the land use code is and just how whack the unfettered-development/no-zoning-rules mantra spewed by the likes of "Smart" Growth Seattle really is, since this stupid idea is a great free-market idea to them).

But what the heck, maybe Charles will be the next ex-Stranger writer so we don't have to be subjected to such a steady stream of ridiculous pontification...
Nov 7, 2014 south downtown commented on Imagine a Columbia Center Packed With Micro-Apartments.
Charles would be happy in Kowloon, apparently...


(or happy if YOU lived and worked in Kowloon)
Nov 5, 2014 south downtown commented on What Everyone Who Runs City Hall Secretly Thinks.
geez. good riddance.

her analysis of City Hall is just as bad as her review of old LPs...
Nov 3, 2014 south downtown commented on Lunchtime!.
yeah, but Portland doesn't have DENSITY and fucking out-of-control RENTS. and i bet sandwiches down there aren't $9.50...

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