Cities of the World, Unite!

17 10 2016

Quito, Ecuador

Because we’re not paying enough attention to the world’s major cities; they are at a competitive disadvantage because only 99% of the world’s major media are based in the world’s major cities.

What this does prove is that a given political elite of one of the world’s noted cities has more in common with another elite of another such city on the other side of the world than he has with someone who lives in the suburbs of his own city.

Also, I wonder if there’s some relationship between this conference happening in Ecuador and Julian Assange’s internet suddenly being cut off.





I’m Not a Lawyer, and I Don’t Play One on TV

27 09 2016

Washington, D.C.

However, I do have the ability to read fine print.  And when it comes to this story, some lawyers, (cough cough, Glenn Reynolds, cough cough), don’t seem to be able to do that.

Politico:

Obama takes on zoning laws in bid to build more housing, spur growth

The Obama administration Monday is calling on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, saying that antiquated rules on construction, housing and land use are contributing to high rents and income inequality, and dragging down the U.S. economy as a whole.

Glenn Reynolds’s reaction?

White House Bucks Gentry Liberals On Zoning.

Not so fast.

The devil is in the fine print and the weasel words.  I have already quoted one of them, that is “calling.”  The rest of the article is the same way — All Obama did was issue a bunch of suggestions.  He’s suggesting that core cities do these things.  Meanwhile, he is wielding the power of the Federal government to force suburbs to build apartments, accept Section 8, and on the sly recruit single black women with children in urban areas.  And we all know what that is and what that means.

When there is a disparity between rhetoric and action, I go with the action.

 





One Man’s Contradiction Is Another Man’s Consistency

30 08 2016

San Francisco

American Interest:

This episode is a tragically characteristic of the blue model’s tendency toward self-contradiction—in this case, pitting unions against the poor and middle-class. The most sustainable way to make housing affordable to low and modest-income people is to relax rent-seeking regulations that block new construction for the sake of protecting the real estate values of property owners. But labor unions—which ostensibly stand for working class interests—will not stand for new construction unless it is accompanied by carve-outs and cronyist regulations that artificially boost their compensation.

So despite the best of intentions, the California blue coalition has proven once again unable to deliver smart, broadly appealing, pro-middle class policy, forced instead of concede to one of the many powerful special interests that makes up its vast and increasingly incoherent political base.

No contradiction, self or otherwise.  No bugs, just features.  Billionaires use their intellectual, societal, cultural, political and media power to pit people and groups against each other who would and should otherwise have a lot more comity, even if they’re never tight all the time, and the net consequence is that the value of San Francisco real estate keeps increasing, benefiting the incumbent deed holders.  Billionaires win.

Don’t worry, a new social justice crisis will break just before sunset.





Who Not What

28 04 2016

Baltimore

Wanna know why lamestream conservatives mostly lose?

Because they analyze the left’s tribal identity politics in terms of universalist abstractions, mainly because they take the left’s universalist pretenses at face value, and conclude that since the left’s tribal identity based effort du jour does not meet whatever universalist abstraction is supposedly the matter at hand, that just saying that and writing that will carry the day and make the left back down.

Repeating just in case you’ve been in Antarctica for the last few years:  AFFH is all about urban white liberals unloading urban ghetto underclass blacks on suburbs, especially peaked or past peak older inner suburbs, so that the cities are safe for urban white liberal gentrification.  It’s not about someone pursuing “justice,” or someone falling short of that goal, it’s pure it’s pure identity politics, Who-Whom.

Beating AFFH will happen when its white victims either self-organize or are externally organized around their tribal concerns and their race-based opposition to moving ghetto blacks from the city next door to them.  Even if they have to do it on the sly; just as the left is cloaking a tribal agenda under universalist garb in their support of AFFH, if we were on our game, we could easily find a way to do the same in our opposition, to find some sort of universalist excuse to couch what we all know is our race-based agenda.

Just don’t expect abstraction-obsessed lamestream conservatives to do it.

As an aside, this article muddies the issue by bringing up Julian Castro and La Raza Unida.  That is definitely worth knowing, but not relevant to the pregnant politics of AFFH.  It is only brought up because Castro just so happens to be the HUD Secretary of a White House that would be pursuing AFFH no matter who Obama appointed to lead HUD.  If Obama appointed Mickey Mouse to lead HUD, it wouldn’t make much sense to talk about mouse-born rabies in an article about AFFH, but the author of this article would find a way.





Less is Mo’

3 04 2016

Washington, D.C.

Absence of warm bodies is not evidence of absence.

Let me spell it out for you, by giving you a local example that is both hypothetical and hyperbolic.

L’Booshondria used to live in a hovel in Shaw with her eight kids by seven different men, four of those men are currently in prison.  But she got an Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing voucher to move her and all her kids into the Canfield Green housing project in Ferguson, where she can teach her sons how to be gentle giants and swipe cigarillos.  Once she moved out, domestic partners Adam and Steve buy the Shaw hovel and renovate it and live there themselves.  This means that in the context of that one residential parcel, the population has decreased from nine to two.  Lather rinse repeat, and it’s easy to see why the population of the City of St. Louis is both declining and the city’s overall condition is getting better.  Adam and Steve living in that parcel means that the actual land and the house are worth a lot more, a lot more taxes are being collected from it, and also Adam and Steve are generating income and spending money which generates even more tax revenue, and on top of that, the cops aren’t being called on them every other day.  The city earnings tax never applied to L’Booshondria’s crazy checks for all her kids, and the city’s sales tax on food never applied to the EBT card.  Also, when L’Booshondria was living in the hovel, the hovel wasn’t worth that much, therefore, not much in the way of property taxes could be collected from it.

Otherwise known as addition by subtraction.

This is why you can’t use simple raw population numbers of urban areas, see a decline, and therefore conclude that gentrification isn’t happening.  The number cruncher sees nine people before and two people now and figures that a disaster must have happened, because that’s all the number cruncher knows.

Other factors that this writer seem to miss are:  Immigration (growth of sunbelt metros), whites moving out of older inner suburbs to move to newer outer suburbs and exurbs (getting away from their new AFFH voucher L’Booshondria neighbors), and that it makes a lot of sense to live in close proximity to an institution that spends $4 trillion a year (Washington D.C.’s true population growth bucking the national trend).





Four Kinds

1 12 2015

Washington, D.C.

Forget that.

There are only four kinds of people who think that any of this has to do with shooing blacks out of the capital of a $4 trillion seat of government that presides over a global empire so that those houses can be renovated and then sold for big money, and that it’s all skid-greasing for gentrification:

1. Bigots
2. Cynics
3. Cynical bigots
4. Bigoted cynics.

Enlightened and important people know that, because of affirmatively furthering fair housing and Raj Chetty, all that is happening here is that marginalized victims of society are being liberated from tragic dirt and being moved to safe spaces in magic dirt, where they’ll instantly be transformed into first world people.

 





The Answer Is Yes

12 11 2015

USA

Joel Kotkin wonders:  How can exurbs be booming when they keep telling us that core cities are booming and that the suburbs are done for?

The answer is yes.

That’s because it’s not a contradiction.

That’s because Kotkin, whether he knows it or not, is fumbling and bumbling with the definitions of words.

Exurbs (outer suburbs) are booming because white people of the traditional nuclear family red team voting mold are white flighting away from older inner suburbs, because older inner suburbs are largely the AFFH dumping grounds for formerly urban ghetto blacks so that progressive blue team voting white people can gentrify the central cities.