As those of us who actually bothered to look at the map, to review the staggeringly urban-phobic statements of its designer, and to plumb the past NIMBY activities of the initiative's sole funder and few-but-loud active campaigners before voting
have been warning for months...
The real and potent danger of this map is its careful use of a "packing and cracking"
strategy to dilute the interests of urbanized areas, renters, and populations that don't drive as much. The urban center of our city is "cracked" into three districts, such that First Hill, the western slope of Capitol Hill, and Belltown will have no one looking out for their interests. It does the same to the growth neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal, all of which will be poorly represented, if at all.
That this cracking led to some corollary "packing" -- the I.D. and Little Saigon now inhabit a district that stretches eight miles to the Skyway border, but denies them a symbiosis with people a block from their subway station -- may have been accidental. But Seattle Districts Now never seemed too concerned. All minorities think and vote alike, right?
As far as I can tell, The Stranger's
sole reason for endorsing the charter amendment was its hatred for some of the council's incumbents. "The enemy of my enemy must be my friend", right?