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What exactly is Eisenberg supposed to do to satisfy the protestors - close?
And unlike the church, Ike's pays taxes.
displacement sucks, white people are freaking obnoxious, my eyes nearly rolled out of my head when I stepped into the store
attacking the problem from this angle will do nothing to fix the systemic issues that keep marginalized minorities and low income households poor and in communities with low social capital
Man. You know I usually am right with folks on many of these gentrification issues. But like the new boogie man "cultural appropriation" Gentrification has become just rhetorical cudgel you can throw around when ever you don't like something. Or if you want to rile a bunch of knee jerkers on the left. The Stranger USED to be a little more savvy about this sort of thing.
Anyway. The question is Eisenberg just supposed to hand over the keys to his shop to protestors? What is it they want?
But that also invites the question: why do the protesters think Eisenberg himself should be the brunt of their ire? He didn't bust anyone or put them in jail, and the gentrification of Squire Park (the name of the neighborhood in-question that I imagine not many of the protesters are even aware) began long before Uncle Ike's took over what had been for many years a blighted, some might say cursed, piece of real estate. Furthermore, Mount Calvary's "lawsuit" was pure bullshit from the start, and everyone who lived in the vicinity of 23rd & E. Union (as I did for over a decade until just recently), knew their "youth center" was nothing more than an abandoned, surplus building that hadn't been actively utilized by the church for years, not to mention the fact that they had never lifted so much as a finger in all that time to make even the slightest effort to curb or protest against the flagrant, open-are drug emporium that operated on and around that intersection right beneath their morally-indignant uplifted noses.
In short, Eisenberg is simply a convenient, easy target for them to direct their frustration at a system that hasn't served the community in the manner it deserved; but he's not where they should be aiming.
We're not going to fix the problems of the drug war and heal as a community if we keep on pointing fingers at everyone else. The strident divisiveness in this country has really reached a boiling point.
The big problem with Uncle Ike's is that it's so damn expensive. Prices are too high compared to other dispensaries, and they don't carry enough growers--particularly growers who have cheaper product.
Also, the whole neoliberal thing really comes out of nowhere. It's like someone just copy-pasted it from an opinion piece they've read elsewhere. It's bad journalism backed up by absolutely nothing except for the fact that this guy is a business owner. Capitalism is not the same as neoliberalism; conflating the two is asinine obfuscation, and masks larger problems within our society, like institutional rigidity, the breakdown of trust and accountability in our democratic processes, and deep-seated systemic racism. Also, closer to home, it ignores the issues in this city and state concerning our awful, AWFUL tax code, the lack of affordable housing, the ACTUAL neoliberal supply-side economics experiments we're enacting with Boeing, Amazon, et al, and the erosion of public education at a local and state level. But, hey, just waste your energy getting pissed off at people spending too much money on legal cannabis. Clearly that's at the top of the list of "major problems in Seattle". Fucking A. It's a symptom of deeper problems--even if the activists somehow managed to close Uncle Ike's, they haven't solved any real problems. They're just putting a shitty band-aid on a gunshot wound. Which would be very Seattle of them, come to think of it!
You know they sell it at Safeway, right?
Think of the children!
But I agree that it's difficult for me to take seriously their complaints when a bar and liquor store have been there so long, apparently at no danger to church-goers or children, and the prospect of stoned gentrifiers (and tourists) is a lot less worrisome to me that those same people after a shot or five.
There's been lots of stories about this dispute and the liquor store has been brought up, but I can't remember them ever addressing why they weren't protesting it before. Their original protests are what reminded me Ike's was there and to check it out in the first place.
@15 [your last paragraph] You're right, total Streisand Effect happening here.
Jealous that they are not making money, they are basically demanding he leave or give them a piece of their profits because as a white looking Jewish man, they do not believe he as a right to make money in "their" neighborhood.
A righteous mix of bigotry, racism, stupidity, and outright greed from this particular community is on full display.
Somebody did a song about it not too long ago. http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2016/0…