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What is the point of enjoying Oakland and working to improve it, when the likes of Reid and McElhaney run it?
I think the City Council should oppose the present plans. When people buy into a neighborhood, they have a right to expect that neighborhood changes won't undermine their investment of both money and heart. The City's own Design Guidelines for Corridors and Commercial Areas, adopted in 2013, supports this principle. It specifies that new large buildings should be much more integrated into a neighborhood's existing buildings than the huge slab shown here, and it explains how this can be achieved. The design that's on the McGrath Properties website would be wonderful, for instance. And although more people spoke in favor of the project, numbers alone are hardly the only criterion for approval, and it's one that the Planning Commission often ignores.
Also, I think McGrath should do more to provide affordable units, and I'm worried about Boston Properties' involvement. It doesn't have a good reputation as a landlord.
We always have to question who the vandals are. Often, they are undercover police from one agency or another, deliberately damaging the reputation of the genuine protestors. The so-called anarchists who show up at nearly every demo are probably a prime example. Newspapers like the Express should be more aware of this and report it.
If the Founding Fathers believed "the law is the law for everyone," we would still be drinking tea!
The IFDA is created by our local governments. It issues bonds, spends the money, then pays back the bondholders from property taxes. It assumes that there will be lots of new construction and therefore lots of new property tax income. But if there's not enough new income to pay back the bondholders, the likely outcome isn't bankruptcy, it's renegotiation of the pay back terms, stretching them out so that ourlocal governments can afford the payments. In other words, we'll be on the hook for them and, god knows, probably for the seat licenses as well.
"Renderings" means pretty pictures designed to fool people into thinking there's a real plan.
Toxic masculinity. It's everywhere. Back in the day, feminists wrote about it and popularized the notion that patriarchy held sway in the West as a result of a cultural revolution several millenia ago. I think it's time for them to be writing about it again.
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