Even if the data is severely skewed, it's still clear that discrimination in rental housing is relatively rampant. Lack of consistent enforcement is even more evidence of the institutional racism that has yet to be effectively addressed by the city. Visible and consistent enforcement of the current law is a critical part of any plan to "change the hearts and minds of people".
It amazes me that all too often those who routinely call for open dialog and debate are the first to dismiss someone else as a "whack-job", "sexist", or "liar". Either we respect opinions and perspectives that may differ from ours or not but name calling - and that goes for you too Ed - has no place in civic (and civil) debate.
Just more fear mongering and tasteless pandering from the party that has the audacity to parade and exploit at the RNC the same veterans that they so cruelly have turned their backs on through their merciless troop deployments, budget cuts, and active duty policy changes. Country first? Patriotism?? Courage???
It's time for HOPE as well as change.
Let’s not kid ourselves – this is all about $$$. And while I have no issue with a property owner getting the most out of their land and don't necessarily feel like they have some high moral obligation that should over-ride economic reality, what will we taxpayers be left with once they 'cash out' and leave us to foot the bill for making the land live up to it's zoning?
Above all else, I believe that the taxpayer costs of developing the infrastructure (utilities and roads) required to support light industrial development on a golf course will be WAY above any potential return on investment (can you say ‘tram’?) even if hundreds of new jobs are created! And what about the increased traffic and resulting pollution in an area already gasping for breath (and quiet!)
Since any way it goes we taxpayers will end up eating the substantial costs, I suspect the wiser (and cheaper over all) investment would be for the city to buy the land at a compromise price somewhere between the value of open space and light industrial space and then turn it into a combination of revenue-producing and free recreational space. That gets the property owner a “reasonable” return and keeps Colwood green.
And then let's set our 'light industrial' and job development sights on all that blighted (and already zoned) commercial property along and adjacent to Columbia Blvd between 82nd and MLK! THAT'S where the 'win-win' solution really is!
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