While I agree that Plan Bay Area is an insidious, brutal steamroller of a lefty power grab worthy of Robert Moses in his prime, and elsewhere in the country it might indeed mean that Cabrini Green is coming to your neighborhood, I’m afraid here in the Bay Area the affordable-housing-obsessed have all too much faith in the power of the word to affect market-based reality.
Viz.: here in the Bay Area, “affordable,” that is, below-market-rate (BMR) housing is already defined as housing for which you qualify for a government subsidy. Wanna see our subsidized prices? Here you go.
The reality is that despite people fleeing California as a whole due to the poor jobs market, they’re still flocking to the Bay Area. Population pressure pushes housing prices up far beyond government’s ability to mess with the market, and that pressure will continue for decades to come. Unintended Consequence: by cutting off any new suburbs, Plan Bay Area will just exacerbate and accelerate that price-increase process. Unintended Consequence: by forcing development into transit hubs, Plan Bay Area will wipe out the cheapest housing we have now.
What does this mean? It means that crack houses and decaying buildings that are too expensive to redevelop now will suddenly become viable candidates for redevelopment. With nowhere else to build, all that population-induced development pressure’s gonna get channeled into tear-down-and-rebuild infill, which means in a very short period of time all the older, crappier housing near the train tracks will get leveled and replaced with really nice, expensive condos that. even with a government subsidy, are not affordable by any stretch of the imagination. Oops.
So in reality, Plan Bay Area’s mandate that future new or infill development must be superdense, urbanist Le Corbusier fever dreams built around existing transit hubs will not mean that Bay Area housing actually becomes more affordable for the 99%. It will not mean increased crime and social ills. Rather, it will inevitably mean government-sponsored upscale gentrification.
From houses like this:
I don’t like Plan Bay Area for a whole host of reasons, but I will find some satisfaction seeing the half-million-dollar crack houses all along the BART tracks replaced in short order with brand new multi-million-dollar condo complexes, and the hipsters wondering what happened and whining about how they still can’t afford to live there.
Hey, it was all in the plan, babe. Dunno why it didn’t work for you.
As I posted about on Monday, folks at the HuffPo lost their shit because of firearms industry retailers having Black Friday sales on firearms and firearm accessories.
Last Friday in Virginia, they set a new record of firearms sold for the day
Virginia gun sales set a new high for Black Friday as the number of firearms sold statewide continues to soar and is just days away from setting an annual record.
Gun transactions in Virginia totaled 3,902 on Black Friday, a 1.2 percent increase over the previous record of 3,856 transactions on the same day in 2012, according to the latest Virginia State Police figures of mandatory criminal- background checks of gun buyers.
Virginia is also set to surpass their total 2012 numbers this year.
I have to wonder if the fact that Terry McAuliff won the Governorship there had any impact on people buying choice?
Then this OpEd by Kevin O’Holleran answered that question.
A Klewang is a traditional Indonesian sword.
In Rawles’ new novel Expatriates, he goes to some length to emphasize how Indonesia’s built up a stealth invasion force under the noses of the West (and with our connivance, thanks Obama). This only matters if Indonesia becomes a jihadist state, of course.
One of the elements he notes is an effective littoral combat force with technologically advanced capabilities including fast new antiship missiles, stealth capabilities and great speed, including the Klewang-class ships which have all of this. Click here for a much bigger version of the above pic. Pretty cool, eh?
Interestingly, the first of its kind was delivered to Indonesia last year but was destroyed shortly thereafter due to an “engine room short circuit.”
Wonder which country’s commando or espionage unit engineered that one?
Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist) of Vermont is reportedly seriously considering a third party ticket run for the presidency in 2016 unless a “suitably progressive” candidate runs on the Democartic Party ticket.
Run Bernie! Run!
One of the best novels I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot of novels. It’s on Kindle as well.
You will want to get one for yourself too.
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I could swear there’s a ’50s or ’60s SF writer who came up with the idea of immortal aliens regenerating by shifting to an infantile stage. I don’t think it was Niven, any thoughts?
Technical application to humanity left as an exercise for whoever wants to get rich fast and live forever.