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White people move in? Racism!
pick a lane and stick to it ladies.
We're running at a 2% vacancy rate citywide on rental apartments. Rent increases are 10%/year. The whole city's gentrified now, because no one wants new apartments in THEIR neighborhood.
Speaking of which, are they saying that they want to stop gentrification, or that the Connector (as a symbol of gentrification) makes stops here in the morning?
Coming soon: The Counterforce.
In Ballard a lot of the old Scandinavian fishermen sold off their little cottages and bungalows for 10x what they bought them for creating a nice retirement fund, though they had to move away to find somewhere more affordable to enjoy that retirement. The remaining residents then cursed the new people for changing Ballard without ever considering blaming their neighbors who cashed in.
I don't know the CD well enough to know if that's the same situation there or if they're predominantly renters, but it's usually a little more complex than what fits on a banner or bumper sticker.
Microsoft provides free bus passes to every employee, including temps and non-tech workers, everyone gets one and MS doesn't flinch in giving you one. They are helping subsidize Metro, in addition to providing their own private service.
What few buses that go from Seattle to Redmond (545, 540?) are already crowded. I don't see how taking a public bus would change anything, but the protesters probably know this. If all the middle and upper class people left the Central District, then the quality of that area would degrade and then they would have something new to complain about.
If the reparations pays for a new deli, I think the votes are there.
This being Seattle, the very poor are looked after, and it's the lower middle-class who are really getting the shaft. Not only in the CD, but throughout the City of Seattle.
I've been making the argument over at STB that in fact, the Gentrifiers are the ones who should be staging protest marches.
You have all these entrenched Insiders and Native Washingtonians, living off the land (that is, my tax monies) while grandfathered in to low cost housing, and low property taxes.
Far from protesting, these people should be hiding their heads in the sand because apparently, as smart as they are, high tech people are too stupid to not figure out that the 1200 sq. ft. condo they just bought costs 7 times more per month than the 4500 sq. ft. SFH home that the guy who retired from the library a decade ago lives in.
Again, we circle back to the need for affordable housing (not market rate, actually affordable) as a necessary part of ongoing development density. The issue is that people shouldn't be forced into the suburbs because they're not comfortably wealthy. There should be a place in the city for the working lower middle class, who populate office, service, and retail positions throughout Seattle. Maybe not detached single family homes, but at least apartments and townhomes sized appropriately for adults with children.
Saying that people are entitled to a neighborhood because of the color of their skin misses the point. It's all about money, honeys.
The problem with these buses isn't gentrification, it's privatization of the public good. If you run buses to and fro on public streets, the same route every day, they should be available to anyone to ride. They should, in fact, be public buses. Taking bus service for the wealthy away from the public takes the perspectives of the wealthy too, and now Microsofties have no stake in the public good. They probably voted against Metro; why not, they don't need it, they've got their own.
The problem isn't that Microsofties are taking over the neighborhood; it's that they've superimposed their own neighborhood over the one that is already there.
@33 - Where to start? That link was basically a personal anecdote that took a whole five paragraphs to blame The Gays.
You're not resigning yourself or your principals to understand that neighborhoods change, it's not always progress—meaning different things to different people, but change is inevitable and in its wake pockets of culture can be both lost and created. Read up on the history of the CD, of all Seattle neighborhoods. There's a lot to be frustrated about, but you're going to give yourself a fucking aneurism trying to hold back the tide.
There's a different group protesting shuttles in SF, but at least that group was smart enough to focus on a valid point - the use of public bus stops by the shuttles. These kids, OTOH, are just in it to thump their chests and feel important.
Its long over do that the community fought back. North Portland had some success with this as well.
@32 all of those MS busriders already pay a lot of taxes for all sorts of public goods. from my experience, MS employees in my circle of friends range from mid road liberal to very progressive. they just were all 'lucky' enough and worked hard to get a decnt job at MS.
sure there's a valid arguement for higher corporate taxes and a state income tax, but protesting against a nice, progressive policy of a company's encouragement of ride-sharing?? wtf?
when the connection between the protest target (gentrification) and the means (carpooling/bus shuttles are bad!) is so poorly drawn, the protest is a failure and turns away most people who could be swayed.
And all this talk of "multi-generational families" being "forced out of their homes" is cartoonish. A multi-generational family with a paid-off home can pay their property taxes, even working low-wage jobs. The real story there are situations where the kids drained their elders of all their money and let the house go, or where the family was taken advantage of during the housing boom by unscrupulous mortgage lenders who talked the property owner into a terrible refinance, HELOC, or a reverse mortgage. But that doesn't fit on a banner.
I've lived on Capitol Hill for nearly a decade, and I've been watching the neighborhood change. I wish it wasn't changing so much, but I don't see getting rid of the Microsoft, Amazon or other busses as likely to prevent the change.
And I voted for additional funding for metro. I'd love it if we had better public transit options for everyone.
Lastly, I'm not speaking for the company, just trying to add a perspective on the "people would take the public bus."
And the fact that the city leaders are hostile to Black neighborhoods and always have been, so the few blocks where a black man or woman can walk around without feeling public derision and exaggerated fear from scary racist white faces is a precious thing in Seattle. There are not many 'safe places' (to use the emotional and psychological terms) in greater Seattle for African Americans. CD is one of them. And now its being taken like so many other places.
Dont like the crime (even though there is just as much in the 'white' northend (been rapey up there for years), DONT MOVE THERE.
Dont like 'black people music'? DONT MOVE THERE
Afraid of seeing black people minding their own business while you wait for the MS connector? DONT MOVE THERE.
No one is stopping you from moving to First Hill or Fremont or Cap Hill? Lord knows you throw a fit when a black person so much as walks down broadway (the race based assaults every other weekend on black gay men are evidence enough of that).
It used to be more Jewish & white, then it became more diverse, now it sounds like less diverse?
All neighborhoods change.
I think that's been tried before, with disasterous consequences.
Well, maybe they should stop shooting each other so often then. Being black in a black neighborhood seems the most dangerous place for them to be judging by Seattle and national murder rates.