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by WHS
September 20th, 2017, 9:13 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

The Strib is reporting a spokesperson said six.

As the incumbent and Hodges is always a threat to win, because of name recognition if nothing else. But man, does she ever have a lot of weird personnel issues on both the official and campaign side.
by WHS
July 25th, 2017, 10:59 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

For me, Frey's alliance with Alondra Cano disqualifies him for mayor. I was on the fence between Frey and Hodges, even leaning Jacob's way after he reached out to me before the convention, but no longer. I like Frey a lot as a person, but I always felt he couldn't fully be trusted as mayor. Some of...
by WHS
July 10th, 2017, 1:39 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

I don't really follow. Clearly the party still may endorse if it chooses, and clearly that endorsement carries significant weight in many instances.
by WHS
July 10th, 2017, 12:07 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

At the end of the day, I think you either have a total electoral free-for-all with a minimal party role - which doesn't serve progressive ends, is tactically probably a loser, and puts activists on equal footing with people who barely engage - or you have a party system in which a subset of particip...
by WHS
July 10th, 2017, 11:04 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

Look, I grew up somewhere without anything resembling Minnesota's system. It was just primaries and then a general. And politics, as a consequence, was a realm untouchable by mere mortals, in which it took decades to actually make an impact beyond simply voting. Community political participation, co...
by WHS
July 10th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

"Filing into a voting booth once every four years and ranking three candidates" is a pretty constricted view of democracy, IMO.
by WHS
July 10th, 2017, 10:37 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

because it is an effective way to enforce a certain degree of progressivism in city political candidates
by WHS
July 10th, 2017, 9:25 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

Same problems arise? It still has the net effect of making politics more inaccessible. Plus, disempowering parties kind of moves politics towards this populist, plebiscitary system, which I am far from certain would produce better elected officials.
by WHS
July 10th, 2017, 8:39 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

The convention was a nightmare, but contra conventional wisdom on here, it's not clear to me that a primary is a significantly more participatory process. Younger voters and party activists are, if anything, less represented in a primary (at least proportionally) and candidates aren't forced to enga...
by WHS
July 7th, 2017, 10:16 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

I'm a one-issue voter - housing segregation, and what we're going to do about it - and I've made a point of trying to speak to each candidate and asking their plans. Thus far, Frey is unequivocally the strongest candidate on the issue. He and Hoch were the only candidates who clearly identified fair...
by WHS
May 24th, 2017, 1:23 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 323
Views: 25022

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

Two factors: -AMI is regional, meaning that keying maximum rents to AMI does basically nothing in very poor neighborhoods. -There's still the problem of getting anyone to actually pay a high rent for an apartment in a poor neighborhood, but that dissipates if most of your tenants are Section 8 vouch...
by WHS
May 24th, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 323
Views: 25022

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

WHS, your claim that the units are costing more than market rate is not true. I decided that since this is a major shortcoming in housing policy that's not commonly understood, I should write up my response in a more robust way: http://blog.opportunity.mn/2017/05/affordable-housing-isnt-affordable....
by WHS
May 23rd, 2017, 10:36 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 323
Views: 25022

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

many words Thanks for this, I found it a very thoughtful exploration of the underlying issues, especially about people's preferences. It's very easy - on both sides! - to let the conversation turn into a debate about what to do about three or four neighborhoods, and forget that the very vast majori...
by WHS
May 23rd, 2017, 10:11 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 323
Views: 25022

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

I think there's a broader point there too. The dreaded G word (to the extent that it's a thing) is coming toward some of these areas, and perhaps not all that far in the future. Building affordable housing there now may look like concentrating poverty, but it might not in five or ten years for area...
by WHS
May 23rd, 2017, 10:02 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 323
Views: 25022

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

WHS, your claim that the units are costing more than market rate is not true. I have data. It's true. Your research with Orfield needs to look beyond your narrow view point that affordable housing in and for poor communities is inherently bad. I'm concerned with building affordable housing where it...
by WHS
May 22nd, 2017, 9:51 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 323
Views: 25022

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

Question for anyone. What's your current thinking about new affordable housing (i.e. restricted by AMI) within existing areas of concentrated poverty? Particularly in areas of particularly deep poverty, where the average median income is already less than 30% of AMI? Is this just further concentrat...
by WHS
April 29th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Black Lives Matter, The Police, etc.
Replies: 670
Views: 39946

Re: Black Lives Matter, The Police, etc.

Well, this got weird.
by WHS
April 4th, 2017, 11:17 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

I mean, I wouldn't attribute to cunning what is more easily attributed to mismanagement.
by WHS
February 27th, 2017, 5:04 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1537
Views: 164434

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

I have no idea if it's viable or not but Lotus is great so this is great
by WHS
December 23rd, 2016, 12:22 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 23171

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

NLP's got some serious problems as a candidate, to put it mildly. And her social justice credentials are far from unimpeachable - Dehn's been much more consistent on that front. Some of her campaigns and causes have been outright shady.

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