Tuesday, April 1, 2008

My, How Things Have Changed Since 2003

We love the part where she says "there has to be market-rate housing (in Wilson Yard)."


  1. Moderately priced rental housing of the size for a small family would help lower middle class families stay in the city. It would be even better if there would be an option to purchase because it would get people invested in their properties and also create a rare opportunity for lower middle class people to create financial equity.

    But, the point is mixed-mixed-mixed and transparency-transparency-transparency!

  2. Talk about flip flopping! Nothing she uttered in 2003 has materialized 5 years later. What a disappointment. She really should be ashamed of herself.

  3. I'm not sure she completely flip-flopped. Note she said there had to be market rate housing TO PAY FOR THE SUBSIDIZED HOUSING. Looks she viewed it as a necessary evil - one that she was subsequently able to avoid.

    Look at the bright side though, we're already more than 1/4 of the way to the next election! I just hope that Cappleman or whoever runs against her next time is able to cosolidate the gains made in the last election and actually build on them for the next one.

  4. Those are just words....

  5. I'm reminded of a scathing article written by Ron Suskind back in '04 about the Bush presidency, particularly this excerpt:

    "In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

    The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out.''

    Anyone else see the similarities?

  6. Those who have a commitment to reform must also be committed to truth. There's just no other way around it. As residents, the call for transparency has become our mantra because it ultimately leads us to truth, which still evades us when we ask about the Wilson Yard TIF.

    A week before the aldermanic election when I was on Channel 11 with Ald. Shiller and host Elizabeth Brackett, after the cameras stopped and we were leaving, I mentioned to Elizabeth about the community’s frustration that they were refused a copy of Target’s letter of intent. Ald. Shiller’s response to both of us was of course, the matter should be kept confidential… and so it goes as attempts are made to create a different reality.

    In this new age of blogs and YouTube, we can now expose and unmask those who want to believe they can create their own reality. And that’s followed up with reporters like Lorraine Swanson, who loves truth as much as she loves people.

    Politics is entering a new reality and we have the pleasure of witnessing this change in our lifetime. Our ability to communicate, become informed, and unite has grown exponentially in just a few short years. Imagine where we will be in 2011!