2015 Election Ads
You may or may not know this, but 2015 is shaping up to be a big election year in San Francisco. Yes, it's an off-year. Yes, there are "only" nine propositions on the ballot. Nonetheless, if you believe the rhetoric, this is the year that's going to make it or break it for the city of San Francisco. How do I know all this? It's because I read through all 46 pieces of printed advertising that I've received so far this season.
Serious question about urban planning policy
Skye retweeted an article today which made me realize that I really don't understand something: what do people who are profoundly anti-gentrification want? The argument that I see usually goes like this:
- Rich people are moving into a traditionally mixed neighborhood
- The big spike in demand drastically drives up rent
- "Normal" folk can't afford to live there (usually "normal" is defined as "poor and racially diverse", sometimes it's instead defined as "people who've lived here longer than these whippersnappers")
- This is bad
I generally agree that a lack of diversity is bad but, uh, what's would society do instead?
BART strike remarks
This post is primarily a response to the article on the BART Strike
from The Nation that seems to be making the rounds on Facebook,
Twitter, and all of the other blagoblag echo chambers. I've adopted this
post from a Facebook message conversation I had, so it might be a little
strangely-phrased. I apologize for any inaccuracies, I do not speak for
my employer, and all of that necessary prelude.
I found the Nation article on the BART strike this week frustrating and
inaccurate and, because someone is wrong on the Internet, I had to
write a response. The BART strike is one of the more visible bits of
organized labor work in the last few years, and it makes me embarassed
as a stereotypical liberal that those defending to it are doing such a
bad job. If the union is striking for more money, then say that. But
don't misrepresent statistics to justify it. And if the union is
striking for other reasons, then it would be lovely as a Bay Area
resident and news-reader to know exactly what those reasons are. This
well-disseminated article is nothing more than one-sided,
poorly-researched editoralism masquerading as news.
An iPad in San Francisco
So, I've been in San Francisco apartment-hunting for the past
couple of days (I found a place!), and the only computers I brought with
me are my iPad and my iPhone. It occurred to me that this might be a
useful basis for a review, so enjoy. As a reminder, I have the 64GB
model with 3G and WiFi.
In brief, I am extremely satisfied. I have been using the iPad to browse
Craigslist, listen to music, keep up with my e-mail (including a
community-l thread that made me long for the upcoming threaded mail
view), and so on. It …