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Re: “Charleston's affordable housing shortage could be solved

I'm not sure what the real issue is, here. There's tons of affordable housing less than half an hour away, in North Charleston and West Ashley and parts of Mt. Pleasant. I'm all for people being able to afford to live near their work, but it's a little ludicrous to presume that people should be able to afford to live wherever they want to. Charleston is an incredibly small geographic area, and the opportunities to expand housing are myriad, except that fit whatever reason, everyone in favor of affordable housing send to focus almost entirely on the peninsula. That's beyond stupid, and counter-productive. Hell, you can drive 15 minutes into West Ashley and build all the affordable housing you want on the cheap with no one batting an eye. A 15 to 30 minute commute is hardly a steep barrier.

Instead, what we have are developers who want to build high-rises and mid-rises in the peninsula, and are using the rhetoric of "affordable housing" as a way to change zoning laws in their favor.

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Posted by AlexM on June 13, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Re: “The media, elected officials unite with big business to oppose unions

Bosox2010 - The collapse of Detroit has nothing to do with unions and everything to do with mismanagement. People stopped buying Detroit-based cars, because quite frankly, they sucked. When people don't buy your cars, you don't make money. Period. End of story.

I love when people try to throw "OMG DETROIT" out there as an anti-union talking point because it's so obviously false. Every other first-world nation that produces cars has near 100% union participation in auto plants. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. And yet they manage to do just fine. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other "union cities" that manage to get along just fine - Chicago, New York, Boston, Seattle. All have huge union participation rates, and yet they seem to be doing just fine. Better, in fact, than pretty much every "anti-union" city.

So how is it that unions can be such an absolutely abhorrent evil and insipid destroyers of economies, yet the only example you can point to of a failed "union city" is Detroit, which (again) failed for so many reasons other than unions? Unless you'd like to give me another example of a "union-infested city" that somehow failed?

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Posted by AlexM on April 23, 2015 at 4:18 PM

Re: “#BlackLivesMatterCHS: What they want

nofaith - That might possibly look like something at least resembling the facts if you squint just right and hit yourself in the head a few times.

The mayor offered a closed-door meeting to "some members or the organization". Not a public meeting to discuss policy with the leadership of the organization, which is the demand being made. A closed-door meeting is basically a giant fk you. It's an invitation to come by and discuss nothing, offered for the sole purpose of the mayor being able to say that he met with people and listened to their complaints, without having to commit to actually listening to anything, and with the defense of a closed door to hide his recalcitrance to the ideas presented.

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Posted by AlexM on April 14, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Bridge shutdown protest fails to materialize

lol

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Posted by AlexM on April 9, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Protesters threaten to shut down Ravenel Bridge toward Mt. Pleasant at 4 p.m.

Talim - Just wanted to say thanks for the update and thanks for the work you guys are doing. It's a pain in the ass to actually work through the process of change, and it's nice to see some people still have the integrity to try to make a real difference rather than a spectacle.

As for the protesters - "The consensus is that they're going to try to avoid arrest, so if it comes to a time where police say 'Leave immediately or we'll arrest you,' then they will be disbanded. Everybody has agreed to not push it to the point where anybody's going to risk arrest." Are you kidding me? If you don't believe in your cause strongly enough to get a minor arrest and spend a night in jail, why even bother? They clearly don't care all that much, since it's obvious that the cops will be waiting to stop this. If you're going to commit to doing something stupid, fcking commit. And this is coming from someone with the scars and arrest record for protests with much more flimsy underpinnings. Kids theses days - no work ethic.

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Posted by AlexM on April 9, 2015 at 2:51 PM

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