Max Chanowitz 
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Re: “If Oakland Cracks Down On Underground Warehouses, It Will Snuff Out The City’s DIY Soul

To all the people in these comments so callously disparaging the artists, the dead, the warehouse spaces, the partiers, etc as being immature children scared of the "Real World":

Just because you yourself don't understand the value of local art and art spaces, it doesn't mean it's not meaningful and important.

Think of your favorite musician. They could have started their career in an art-house just like Ghostship or the dozens of others here in the Town, and squares just like you probably mocked them endlessly: "Stop pursuing this childish music stuff and get a real job!" Thank god they didn't listen.

Don't drag us all down to your level of banality. Go back to the suburbs if you want a predictable, "sensible" lifestyle where everyone has a "grown-up" job, a cubicle, a white picket fence, a two-car garage, a nice big TV to watch the football game. You keep working on the GDP, we'll keep making music and art that brings people joy. Both are important.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 12/09/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Town Business: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to Become Private Offices

Please god, anything but more tech offices...

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/25/2016 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Five Memorable Rants from Kanye West's Concert Last Night In Oakland

For the same amount of money, you could see three underground shows where the artists give it 100% because they have something to prove, rather than one mainstream show where some overstuffed ego phones it in and coasts on their fame. Plus you'll actually be able to see and hear the artists doing their thing on stage, rather than being lost in an endless sea of phone screens.

Skip Kanye. Skip Beyonce. Skip all that Top 40 shit. You've heard it all already! You can do better in the Bay Area.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/25/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

So many people want to take the same unimaginative "look I climbed a hill" selfie that there's now a LINE for the photo op? Now that's just sad.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/25/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Berkeley Mayoral Candidates Debate Who Can Fix the City Council 'Circus'

For the most part I support these progressive candidates and their policy agendas. But the one issue that far-left candidates are totally wrong about—and arguably the most important issue in the Bay Area today—is housing policy.

To please their environmentalist voter bases, progressive politicians generally support heavy restrictions on building, massive levels of environmental review for proposed buildings, etc. Progressive voters love this because it FEELS like they're helping the environment by stopping those big scary construction projects (and evil developers) from trashing the city. But in reality, restricting housing construction in the hub cities only creates more pollution and waste, as people have to move farther away to seek housing, and drive their cars longer distances to their jobs.

Progressive politicians also generally cling to the notion that forcing developers to build affordable housing will lead to them to capitulate and give the city what it needs, rather than just cancelling projects and going somewhere else. Affordable housing is fantastic, but it's such a tiny portion of the overall housing stock that you literally have to win a lottery to get one. It's a band-aid solution, not a real substantive one. What we really need is a streamlining of the planning process and approval of denser buildings throughout the city (and the Bay) so we can start building the 30 years worth of housing we should've built by now, but didn't thanks to 30 years of NIMBYism and obstruction.

We will see if progressive candidates wake up to the fact that their heavily-restricted housing policies are hurting the poor and vulnerable people they're so earnestly trying to help. The data has shown it to be so — now we'll see how long until the ideology catches up.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/12/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Reflections on the 15th Street Tragedy

Growing up in a setting of poverty and hopelessness can torture a person's psyche and make them feel like there's no way out but violence. But poverty didn't force these kids to pocket their pistols when heading out to the party. They made that decision. This was no accident.

This isn't a case of robbing a store to feed a starving family. This isn't a case of desperation or necessity. This is a case of hot-headed kids with guns they shouldn't have, whose value for human life has been crushed so low that being "disrespected" (or whatever other bullshit happened in that argument) is enough cause for them to murder without a second thought.

The gun-packing kids could probably be considered victims on a societal level and their social setting certainly helped to corrupt them this way—but there is also an inner evil here that must be considered if we ever hope to expunge it and end this random violence.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 08/25/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

I couldn't help but notice that street repairs in my already-adequately-paved neighborhood near Lake Merritt are ongoing, while West Grand Ave. is like the surface of the freaking moon, nearly shaking apart the bus I take to work every day.

Could it be that there's a resource allocation problem? Are "nicer" neighborhoods with more lobbying power grabbing more of the money away from the torn-up neighborhoods that actually need it? It sure looks like it from here.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 08/25/2016 at 11:13 AM

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