The "save our seaport" shit always cracks me up because it's so disingenuous.

South Street Seaport has some historic stuff in it but is mostly a kitschy tourist-centric urban renewal project from the 1980s and one of the least beloved places in the entire city
Besides the usual "never build anything" activists, there's a bunch of very wealthy and well connected people who don't want their views of the East River blocked by a new building and there's not much more to this story than that
I grew up in Columbia, MD so am something of a James Rouse superfan, so have to admit I likely have a much higher awareness of what kitschy mall projects he developed than a normal person would
Yes, they reproduced the original sin of the suburbs - separation of uses - in an attempt to trap drive-in-from-the-suburbs visitors instead of creating part of the city that people would want to actually be in
Harborplace (the mall in the Inner Harbor Rouse developed) after some initial success, has been slowly dying for decades and is I think finally about to be permanently shuttered
And hey 40 years ain't bad for a mall I suppose but even the best examples of the urban renewal waterfront developments haven't aged well
Columbia's car dependency kills a lot of what could make it great, but yes, I would generally say it is much more pleasant to be in for a variety of reasons than a typical American suburb is (more diverse too!)
This is what Pratt Street looks like today in the alternate universe where Baltimore redeveloped the Inner Harbor to be a walkable mixed-use neighborhood rather than a low-rise tourist trap for people pouring in off 395 Image
(jk they actually did this with "Harbor East" which isn't exactly my favorite part of the city but seems much more sustainable than Harborplace was)
It hadn't really occurred to me before but damn if Columbia couldn't one of the America's best e-bike cities. Just a little too hilly and spread out to be easily bikeable with conventional cycles but ebikes would make short work of HoCo's terrain
Yes every 6 lane arterial cuts off walksheds. Technically possible to cross on foot but few due, not just because it is unpleasant and dangerous but because it might require a 3-5 minute wait for the part of the light cycle its safe for pedestrians

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California homeowners love posting pictures of a house it looks like a registered sex offender lives in that is on the market for $980,000 and declaring that it would be a shame if it turned into 4 new homes instead.
We must preserve the house your parents told you to skip when trick or treating
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Absolutely. These protesters should put their faith in our democratic system and instead put their energy into defeating Brett Kavanaugh the next time he's up for reelection.…
Ah, I see. Well, elections have consequences, gotta respect the will of the majority I guess. Image
Idk appointing yourself unelected King Of America For Life seems like a pretty sweet deal overall, I don't know if it's a good look to insist that no one is allowed to be mad at you about it after the fact when there's nothing else they can do about it.
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This actually strikes me as an excessively generous interpretation of the motives of opponents of rental registries.
Rental registries make it much more obvious when landlords are breaking the law - both violating tenant protections and when they are falsifying financial documents! Both of which they like to do!
The thing the many landlords allegedly do where they have one set of books for their taxes (which say they don't make any money) and another set of books for when they are applying for loans (which say they make tons of money): hard to do if rents are public record!
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Maybe I'm wrong on this but I assume if the American conservative Catholic bishops were like "we're telling the pope to fuck off and doing what we want and becoming an arm of the Republican Party" they would lose access to the Church's property and bank accounts etc?
The Catholic bishops are conservatives in part because they are fancy lad rich boys but that also means they're not gonna take an ideological stance that results in a schism that would lead the Pope to cut off their credit cards?
The real pope is whichever of the two guys can call up the banks that have the American archidioceses' accounts and get the money transferred back to the Vatican. I suspect that's ultimately Francis?
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Yea I don't know how you get good data on this
Anyway I'm especially interested in this with regards to heavily Hispanic or Spanish-speaking parts of the country, to be more explicit.
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Or maybe they say "lol its just California" and keep trying to mutate a new strain to ruin Biden's Presidency, but so far this strategy of theirs to keep the virus going seems to be badly backfiring.
Yes, it's definitely possible that the inmates are running the asylum here as the right wing media ecosystem has gotten more and fragmented and extreme
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