Martin Luther King: “Somewhere I Read….”

Martin Luther King was a man of words and action. I’m ambivalent about the official holiday celebrating his life and work. Is he worthy of the honor? Of course. But I worry that the dominant culture may have used the holiday to tame and commodify a radical legacy. King was not as radical or extreme […]

Mayor and City Council Still Riding the MIZ Tiger. But for How Long?

A couple of more cracks appeared in Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) in the last couple weeks. First, Councilmembers are beginning to take the idea of a lawsuit seriously and they haven’t figured out what to do if it is successful. Second, growing pressure from angry neighbors about U District upzones is taking its toll on […]

Hey Wallingford: Developers and Builders Didn’t Ask for and Won’t Benefit from MIZ

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There are so many really dubious arguments being advanced by the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) and by wannabe Councilmember Alex Pedersen against upzones in the U District, that knocking them all down could take weeks. It’d be a lot easier for them and everyone involved if they’d just say what they mean and what they want: we’re worried […]