See, Braves? Was that so hard? Really?
Did I miss it? What do they do? Why are they in CL?
Organic is no more an elitist scam than the Times or Stanford...
Well constructed, CL. Kudos on an excellent editorial. One can only hope others are so illuminated...
Just because it doesn't do everything doesn't mean we shouldn't do anything. No, the legislation is not perfect. I've yet to see anything that came out of our malformed state government that didn't look like it was birthed in an outhouse. But it has LOT of money for transit (hell, almost anything is better than what we get now), and it establishes a precedent: Voters will support these projects. If we think waiting is going to get us something better, then we are being completely naive regarding STATE (not metro, but state) politics. If the place that needs it most can't get behind it, do we really think folks in the Capitol are going to go through that head-bashing exercise again?
From a practical standpoint, there is no reason to vote against it. Good for transit, good for the economy, good for quality of life (including gay life!), good for equity (esp. with an aging population), good for the environment, and a STEP (first of many, let's hope) in the right direction politically.
I love the addition to the neighborhood (living within walking distance, I don't mind being spoiled by options in the EAV). I know some of the owners can be a bit eccentric (and not just among the restaurants), but hell, that's part of what makes the Village the Village. I've enjoyed the bahn mi I've had, and I've never had anything less than an awesome meal at UC. Yay me!
A fascinating point often missed (not just by CL) is how many of those hipsters (and hell, even us normal folk) are settling down there and starting families. Relatively cheap housing (even during the boom), a walkable grid of streets (suitable for pram-pushing), a bevy of kid-friendly restaurants (check out the Holy Taco patio on an early Friday eve), sneaky-good schools (best-kept secret in the system) and a neighborly attitude in general make it a great place to put down some roots. Lest you think you have to give up the lifestyle, however, you can still find yourself a sitter and catch a good show at the EARL... and stagger home to the kids afterwards.
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