Politics Re: The Summit to Belmont Drag
Several comments on my post about the sale of the hipster real estate along Pine St., where the Cha-Cha and the Bus Stop are located, make a big assumption. The assumption is that I strongly oppose the sale—and so, I oppose density and development there. (Ummm, never mind that the block is already dense and developed.) And because I consistently advocate for development and density, I’m being a big hypocrite for posting in protest against the sale. I’m the very NIMBY I’m always criticizing on Slog and in print.
Here’s one comment:
How many times have I said that the Stranger will NOT start caring about this issue until they start losing the places that they love? This is just the beginning.
Yes, my original post was titled “Drag.” But don’t read so much into that. It was a cute pun on drag (as in strip) and drag (as in bummer). Do I think it would be a bummer if the Cha-Cha (and particularly the Bus Stop—my favorite 1966 Gloom-Room-a-go-go spot on the planet) disappeared? Of course, I think it would be a bummer. A federal offense? Not so much.
Re-read my post. Nowhere do I make an impassioned case to “save” the block. I reported the basic news. It was not a screed against the sale.
Much more important: Look at “the places [The Stranger] loves.” The drag between Summit and Belmont is already a dense, developed, bustling, city block—exactly the kind of thing I consistently advocate for. So, if in fact, I actually did oppose taking out the Cha-Cha block for condos, I’d hardly be contradicting myself. The block is already a model for the kind of urban city I want. If I opposed the sale, I’d be defending: Density and development. It’s not like I’d be defending a single-family zone.
When one commenter, anti-development stalwart Mr. X, read me the riot act on Slog a while back for advocating development in Northgate along 113th street, he was arguing to “save” a dilapidated lot. A dilapidated lot! If I stepped up to oppose re-development along the Pine St. drag, I’d be fighting to save a dense, bustling block. See the difference?