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Elspeth
07-10-2015, 04:38 PM
Agenda 21 marches forward?


Seattle Targets Single-Family Homes as Enemies of Equity
http://moonbattery.com/#sthash.71OUt3Yp.dpuf

Social engineers have decreed that there is no place in Utopia for single family homes:

Get rid of single-family zoning in Seattle. That’s the big message in a draft report being worked on by Mayor Ed Murray’s housing committee, obtained by The Seattle Times.

According to a draft letter, the city needs to move away from the idea that all families can live in their own home on a piece of land, the Times reports.

The issue is framed in starkly leftist terms:

The draft letter says that single-family zoning has “roots in racial and class exclusion.[”] The zoning remains “among the largest obstacles to realizing the city’s goals for equity and affordability,” the Times reports.

As Dori Monson of KIRO Radio observes, the American dream of owning your own home is now regarded as “a blow against equity.”

If everyone doesn’t work hard enough to have a family home, then no one should have one.

Plus, stacking us together like sardines makes us more reliant on public transportation, and in general easier to control.


Get rid of single-family zoning? These conversations shouldn’t be secret
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/get-rid-of-single-family-zoning-in-seattle-housing-task-force-says-in-draft-report/

A draft of the work of the Seattle mayor’s housing task force includes a big surprise: They have talked of doing away with the city’s single-family zoning...

...Tuesday, I got my hands on the draft policy ideas that Mayor Ed Murray’s advisory committee on housing is working on. And they are some of the most sweeping changes in the way Seattle lives and grows ever proposed around here.

Most dramatically, the committee is considering a recommendation to do away with single-family zoning — which for a hundred-plus years has been the defining feature of Seattle’s strong neighborhood feel.

“We can still be a city for everyone, but only if we give up our outdated ideal of every family living in their own home on a 5,000 square foot lot,” a draft letter from the committee co-chairs reads.

The draft report notes that “Seattle (single-family) zoning has roots in racial and class exclusion and remains among the largest obstacles to realizing the city’s goals for equity and affordability.”

The committee of citizen volunteers voted 19-3 to recommend replacing single-family zoning with a “lower density residential zone” that would allow duplexes, triplexes, rooming houses and more backyard cottages and mother-in-law units in areas now dominated by single houses on lots with a yards. It’s unclear how much of the city this would include.

Later, the committee co-chairs issued a statement saying the group “has no intention of recommending the elimination of all single family zones in the city.” But the draft report suggests the committee was considering exactly that.

“In fact, (the committee) recommends we abandon the term ‘single family zone,’ ” the draft reads.

An overview letter calls for higher density essentially everywhere in the city.

“More 6-story buildings where there were 4 stories before, more 7-story buildings where there were 6-stories before, and more multifamily housing of all types in areas currently zoned for less density inside (neighborhoods designated as) Urban Villages,” the letter says.

Dori
07-10-2015, 06:35 PM
I guess these communists are never going to give up.

This is about the eventual abolition of property ownership. No. 1 in the 10 planks of communism.

noonwitch
07-13-2015, 09:37 AM
Wait until all those multiple family housing developments clog up their water system during heavy rainstorms and start backing up into people's basements. That's what happened in metro Detroit last summer, and why the older parts of Royal Oak are still having problems with basement flooding.

All the condos and lofts in downtown Royal Oak are on high ground-all the older neighborhoods of single-family homes are downhill, which also doesn't help the situation.

Elspeth
07-13-2015, 06:04 PM
Wait until all those multiple family housing developments clog up their water system during heavy rainstorms and start backing up into people's basements. That's what happened in metro Detroit last summer, and why the older parts of Royal Oak are still having problems with basement flooding.

All the condos and lofts in downtown Royal Oak are on high ground-all the older neighborhoods of single-family homes are downhill, which also doesn't help the situation.

Unintended consequences for sure. My guess is that the engineering specs will take a back seat to the political goals.

noonwitch
07-14-2015, 09:20 AM
Unintended consequences for sure. My guess is that the engineering specs will take a back seat to the political goals.


We had the flooding in Warren last summer-I had a good 4-5 inches in my basement, some of my neighbors had a foot or so. I lost my washer and a bunch of clothes that were in the laundry basket. I was lucky.


There's a lot of talk, and I've seen some sewer projects going on around the city. Detroit itself, other than the freeways, didn't have as much flooding as the suburbs did. That probably has something to do with there being a lot less people using the water system than it was originally designed to handle.

FlaGator
07-14-2015, 10:08 AM
They seem to desire to return to a feudal state where every lives on land owned by the king at the king's pleasure. It was private land ownership that ended the feudal system of government. Next thing they'll demand a socialist overseer (king) to guarantee equality.

Retread
07-14-2015, 10:20 AM
They seem to desire to return to a feudal state where every lives on land owned by the king at the king's pleasure. It was private land ownership that ended the feudal system of government. Next thing they'll demand a socialist overseer (king) to guarantee equality.

The Lord O!

noonwitch
07-14-2015, 11:39 AM
They seem to desire to return to a feudal state where every lives on land owned by the king at the king's pleasure. It was private land ownership that ended the feudal system of government. Next thing they'll demand a socialist overseer (king) to guarantee equality.


I think what is the case in a place like Seattle is city planners run amok trying to come up with ways to deal with limited space and an expanding population.


It doesn't matter, once Mt. Ranier blows, they are all dead anyways.

jediab
07-14-2015, 12:26 PM
I thought it was the libs belief that owning a house was a right (see Frannie Mae & Freddy Mac)? But now that it has been proven that not everybody should own a home, they have now decided to go the "If X group can't have homes than no body can have homes" route. Sounds like Standard Liberal Operating Procedure or S.L.O.P. for short, to me.

Dori
07-14-2015, 12:58 PM
I thought it was the libs belief that owning a house was a right (see Frannie Mae & Freddy Mac)? But now that it has been proven that not everybody should own a home, they have now decided to go the "If X group can't have homes than no body can have homes" route. Sounds like Standard Liberal Operating Procedure or S.L.O.P. for short, to me.

It's easier to control (hog pen) people if they are all grouped together, not spread out.

It's also easier to enforce public transportation, eliminating the car and evil fossil fuels.

It's the progressive version of "Animal Farm".

noonwitch
07-14-2015, 01:35 PM
It's easier to control (hog pen) people if they are all grouped together, not spread out.

It's also easier to enforce public transportation, eliminating the car and evil fossil fuels.

It's the progressive version of "Animal Farm".


Right. It's all about taking freedom away. It has nothing to do with finding ways to deal with overcrowding due to a population boom.


Oh, well, once we liberals have all of you conservatives confined in apartment and condo buildings, it'll be easier to confiscate your Bibles and implant the microchips that will make you gay. Geez.

Elspeth
07-14-2015, 05:41 PM
Right. It's all about taking freedom away. It has nothing to do with finding ways to deal with overcrowding due to a population boom.


Oh, well, once we liberals have all of you conservatives confined in apartment and condo buildings, it'll be easier to confiscate your Bibles and implant the microchips that will make you gay. Geez.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/smart-cities-will-know-everything-about-you-1436740596

‘Smart Cities’ Will Know Everything About You

MIKE WESTON
Wall Street Journal
July 13, 2015

From Boston to Beijing, municipalities and governments across the world are pledging billions to create “smart cities”—urban areas covered with Internet-connected devices that control citywide systems, such as transit, and collect data. Although the details can vary, the basic goal is to create super-efficient infrastructure, aid urban planning and improve the well-being of the populace.

A byproduct of a tech utopia will be a prodigious amount of data collected on the inhabitants. For instance, at the company I head, we recently undertook an experiment in which some staff volunteered to wear devices around the clock for 10 days. We monitored more than 170 metrics reflecting their daily habits and preferences—including how they slept, where they traveled and how they felt (a fast heart rate and no movement can indicate excitement or stress).

If the Internet age has taught us anything, it’s that where there is information, there is money to be made. With so much personal information available and countless ways to use it, businesses and authorities will be faced with a number of ethical questions.

In a fully “smart” city, every movement an individual makes can be tracked. The data will reveal where she works, how she commutes, her shopping habits, places she visits and her proximity to other people. You could argue that this sort of tracking already exists via various apps and on social-media platforms, or is held by public-transport companies and e-commerce sites. The difference is that with a smart city this data will be centralized and easy to access. Given the value of this data, it’s conceivable that municipalities or private businesses that pay to create a smart city will seek to recoup their expenses by selling it...