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urban renewal, rebuilding while displacing … gentrification! are you feelin it too


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Definition of GENTRIFICATION …

Gentrification is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders. pbs.org

Listening to the local news, reports are that the Seattle City Council is building a New police precinct to replace the old one. ok, Then we hear the cost started out being $160Mil is now around some lesser million dollar amount but what we all need to know is gentrification is also about being and staying woke while voting.  The idea that Seattle would consider building one of the most expensive police precinct ever …wait -let me change that, it would be the most expensive in the nation is beyond comprehension let alone give up what used to work! … diversion programs

yep, it is a WTF moment.

Oh, and let’s top that off with a city that seemed more on the side of troubled youth using diversion programs back in the day, it has or is deciding to invest in the “school to prison pipeline.” …Private Prisons are known to bring in revenue but do we have to do this  and why?

This plan seems like a betrayal to the residents of this great city.  Why can’t they rebuild on the old site least we ask why should we put up with this when there is a major lack of housing whether it’s affordable or not and from just reading about this move … Seattle is suffering from what appears to be secrets, lies and closed door meetings, well until that last public hearing. To say Seattleites are pissed at some of those folks we trusted and voted for is crazy while gentrification seems to be in full effect. This news seems in conflict with what Seattle is about or used to be, not to mention the proposals for affordable housing being considered, discussed, possibly implemented. The plan was or is to have developers, who want to build here put money or a %  into a fund that will help pay for affordable housing or for that new “Police Precinct”?  What I want to know is if this is retroactive because while they announced the new program it doesn’t appear to be more than just a proposal to have developers pay up and common sense begs the question about how many new proposals could be in que with that stipulation …just saying

Oh and did you know if you want to live near the new transportation system called light rail stations in the Greater Seattle area; you will be paying approximately 10% more? I have to admit after hearing the City of Seattle admitted they actually tell property managers that IT professionals are the best tenants was very disappointing and makes you wonder…did they just admit to systematic gentrification/discrimination and don’t seem to care? The comment becomes clearer if you’re looking for what used to be affordable housing here and discussions with folks who now live an hour or two away taking a train or driving in from places like Olympia to work is both infuriating and sad.  The colourful yet offensive yellow, orange and sometimes blue cranes stand tall, maybe 4 or more in certain parts of this beautiful city are being built to house folks of the IT variety among other big corporations that moved into downtown Seattle; spread out and seemingly took green space away … all of which ultimately raises rents all over the greater Seattle area.

I don’t even understand how, but we heard our rents are not just higher than New York City, but highest in the nation and if that wasn’t mind boggling enough try driving through Seattle to get to point B, C or D from A! it’s not only frustrating to see the lack of space between buildings … it’s a cluster fk of massive buildings for sure and thinking about how many are foreign dollar driven is too much … i think about all the old timers who had homes, small biz … places etc. now gone or struggling to live seeing the vote for the people seemingly less and less becoming more corporate

The process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of upper-income or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents is not new. The changing faces of the Pacific North West is quite concerning … Portland,OR once 33% white in the year 2000 is now 76% white as of the year 2016. The change raises unsettling questions for a city that prides itself on tolerance, social equity and valuing diversity, which includes Seattle, WA.;Census documents reports our State was 77% white in 2014, not far behind that concern is hearing that there were are developers possibly still asking, demanding and harassing older communities of colour into selling their homes and or lands without having a place to move to in the neighborhood let alone in the city because they are priced out.  I don’t know about you but gentrification is worth fighting against, but who really knew how bad it was or is? I knew that new development companies were pushing parts of the Pacific North West but got to say; not until after watching, “United Shades of America” point the finger at Portland did it become clear that Portland was indeed systematically involved in a change in the faces of their state. The 64 million dollar question is how did this happen? As someone who used to go to Portland a lot, it makes me want to scream. The idea that gentrification continues to be skillfully ignored, kept outta the airwaves and or swept under some rug… probably dirty from developers makes most feel helpless, but then again Seattle and Portland need their Democratic Governor and Mayor to tell their constituents why they haven’t addressed or solved this issue !… and where are they?

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Below is a quote from Goodread

“In the twenty-first century, the visions of J.C. Nichols and Walt Disney have come full circle and joined. “Neighborhoods” are increasingly “developments,” corporate theme parks. But corporations aren’t interested in the messy ebb and flow of humanity. They want stability and predictable rates of return. And although racial discrimination is no longer a stated policy for real estate brokers and developers, racial and social homogeneity are still firmly embedded in America’s collective idea of stability; that’s what our new landlords are thinking even if they are not saying it. (138)”

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― Tanner Colby, Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America

 

 

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Is talk cheap ~ or just the talker


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just another rant …another 2017 Republican budget is out in the airwaves …again!

Americans, bombarded with a whole lot of crazy talk lately. While some of us may gasp at most or all of what members of Congress are throwing out at us; no doubt it should open the eyes of all those trying to decide which side of the aisle and or what side of history they want to people to read about. It is clear to me.

They say talk is cheap but until you actually listen and read between the lines or walls of words do you find out what exactly is in any budget designed by Ryan Budget.  While some say rep.Paul Ryan is a dapper smooth talker they forget that Americans have heard his failed budget plans at least 4 times, somebody should let him know that renaming it will not do a thing to sell it. The fact is no matter what you call it … the Paul Ryan pathway to prosperity only seems to accept and cover the wealthy. In fact, Mr. Ryan seems to promise to save Medicare by closing loopholes and of course cuts spending by trillions. The problem is, if you read the real words or talking points it will be off the backs of Seniors, Minorities, low income and the poor.  It still amazes me that the Republican Party of No is so callous to think Americans don’t see Mr.1% in full effect, but then again cheap words can mask the most blatant of realities.

In the congress of 2014, it only took one to filibuster The Middle and Lower classes leaving them to suffer on the way toward that conservative mission to cut slash and burn public service jobs while handing out tax breaks. It’s now 2017 and while voters voted against their best interests …again!

We all need to ask when the light will be bright enough to see this Republican budget is a reworked failure …

If you have heard  Mitch McConnell or Rep.Paul Ryan talk about budgets lately,  you know the mission is still the same …. the talk is still cheap and at the expense of the middle/lower classes.

~ Nativergrl77

Friday the 13th …


To be sure, we have all thought about the history of Friday the 13… right

just another rant … on this 2nd Friday 13th of 2017

 I think we have all used it as an excuse, but if you take everything our POTUS has had to address over the last eight years you hope that other superstition about everything happening in sevens is right around the corner.  The 114th and now the 115th Congress, controlled by Republicans meets less, holds more hearings all paid for by taxpayers, debates and votes on legislation that does NOT always support their constituents or their best interests. They are the epitome of what Friday the 13 is all about and while voters were warned, we had eight years of experiencing the wrath of the party of no … why? because people continue to stay home instead of exercising their right to vote … #MidTermsMatter

In addition, the 2017 calendar is giving us 2 Friday the 13ths which happens more often than not but reports are that our fellow Americans in the northeast apparently get more snow blizzards with extreme cold … which can lead to flooding, while the NW is experiencing more than enough rain to make up for some drought

We must all remember that this is not only disaster weather season it is also when Republicans go into full campaign mode.  We used to think that government is there when all else has failed.  The fact is the Party of No says one thing does another hoping the voter sees nothing.  Unfortunately, unlike the tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding that happens mostly Republican States, we see the disaster that seems atypical of the Republican Party of No. We all need to question those States with Republicans in control who have not in my opinion invested enough money or effort in making sure all their constituents are safe, have an emergency plan, a place to go or transportation to evacuate. Though, if you listen they want and advocate less government, less taxes, less debt, less spending unless their state needs money to plug their budgets or women who dare want need reproductive rights …  just a few of several examples of why in this election year people need to be more aware.

We all know a vote for Rand Paul is a vote for going back in time when a certain group treated Women and Minorities like things or inanimate objects. In fact, the current class and culture warfare is enough to see why we the People should not vote for any Republican until they stop the racism, discrimination and that family values platform that takes women back to a time when being seen but not heard and producing babies all the time was the norm. It is not a healthy way to live and all I have heard from Republicans are unhealthy attitudes toward women, gays, children, and people of colour, who they really want to control and or disenfranchise at the ballot box. We only have to look at the number of brown and black men in our jails and or prisons, who more often than not are charged excessively compared to white defendants.

I think we all agree that this has to be the worse time or moment to be President of the US yet, if folks would do their research, the improvements or changes are moving us into the right direction but change takes time.  Though we all heard about the meetings and requests for money from Wall Street and Banks by Republicans as reported by talking heads on cable or hearing Speaker Boehner made a visit and held a presser which showed him shaking hands with one if not both Koch brothers.

Speaking of Money, it is important to be reminded of the stimulus, which Republicans voted down but knew they were all going to get for “their” constituents anyway, gave out big checks and took credit for the money while bashing and stating the Obama Administration is spending excessively.  Who knew that Republican Governors would plug their budgets, give the stimulus to their “special interest groups”, or make big bold statements at ribbon cuttings. I guess it should have been obvious to us that Republicans had an agenda that included eliminating social programs or persons employed by the State or Federal government. They say the best middle class jobs are created by small business people but the fact is most are public service positions.  It is important to remind folks that Republicans say stop spending, stop entitlements and continue to be the Party of No while being pro-Wall Street, pro-Banks; maybe doing backroom deals or fund-raising with folks like the Koch bros for the upcoming elections; in spite of We the People.  The question is …why if in the right state of mind anyone would vote Republicans into Political Office in the upcoming midterms knowing that it will be bringing back the status quo. The change in 2014 means voting for members of Congress who will have the courage in this vile environment to put People before Profit and Party, at this moment it is a Democratic Party. We all know that did not happen so our next attempt to get the positive change we need is to vote for the Democratic Party all down the ballot in 2016.

In my utopia, those wanting to be in public service would be required to believe in equal rights for everyone, true Reforms of entities that gamble while creating products meant to fail that impact or demolish our economy locally and globally.

Nevertheless, that is just my dream and ok, it’s Friday the 13th

Tell Republicans STOP Waging War On Women


 

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Tell Republicans to STOP Waging War on Women

  In an interview done in 2012, Romney, running for president ever so casually stated, Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that” among other things he said that year was offensive and women didn’t appreciate it though it’s clear comments like those are tactics of winning by any means necessary along with threats to kill the Affordable health care Act just because it has the Obama signature on it, which btw IS helping millions of middle and lower class families. In response, most women voted for Barack Obama. In 2012 it showed just how out of touch Republicans were but now in this 2017 era of trump, Republicans don’t see enough tax breaks, enough revenue, don’t believe the middle and lower class folks pay enough while they have to pay in their minds too much in some form and that is a scary thought in itself, but the latest legislation against women’s rights indicates that cliche war on women is real. The conservative movement waging War on Women with a mission to take away the rights of women to decide what health care we want, need, can afford or access.

Women from all backgrounds who believe in choice need to Stand up and Fight back against this unseemly attempt to destroy and dismantle the Affordable health care Act while rolling

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back the contraceptive clock which is headed toward a complete ban on abortion and possibly repealing Roe V Wade.

 We are all Freedom Fighters on some level every day.

  For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood has worked to improve women’s and men’s health and safety. They have made it possible for nearly 170,000 women to obtain low-cost clinical breast exams while providing more health services than any organization in the country such as mammogram referrals, all supported by grants. The attacks by Republicans on women, our health care and insurance rights have grown; to include congressional candidates and now the president . It is important to know that some of these very members of congress or political action organizers were pro-choice and a supporter of Planned Parenthood only a few years ago or voted pro-life but lived a hypocritical pro-choice lifestyle. Now, so desperate to win that they not only move to the extreme right of politics, flip-flop on financial issues and are willing to abandoned women as well. Thing is,though Women are not one issue voters, most believe a women’s right to choose is a daily pursuit on all levels in all its forms.  The fact is, in 2012 over 65% said they did not want anyone defunding Planned Parenthood but the message has fallen on deaf ears since the republican trump’s trifecta realized what differences they can make … I wonder just how the women in their lives see these attitudes and if they have looked out the window later …a whole lot of women regret voting for the extreme right

 Women’s health care should NOT be a political football

 Women and Men who support protecting the right to choose ask Republican Political Candidates to put Women’s health care or access to safe affordable health care ahead of politically driven, conservative religious, anti-abortion groups to aid or fund tax breaks for the wealthy.

leave Republicans a message – thanks for taking action

FDR had something to say about voting


votingFranklin D. Roosevelt once said

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”