The Realities of the Democratic Coalitions

2018 January 10
by drdog09

One Group, lets call them the Anti-Gentrifiers has this view —

Small businesses find themselves in the crosshairs of the culture war. First, it was Masterpiece Cakeshop and its refusal to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. Now, a Denver coffee shop—ink! Coffee, in that city’s Five Points neighborhood—is in trouble for posting a joke on a sidewalk sign. In November, the coffee shop satirically boasted that it had been “happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014.” Since then, the store has been targeted by demonstrations, a boycott (“we don’t drink ‘ink,’”), and the local NAACP’s demand that the store be shut down. The Denver Post reports that a city councilman has called for ink! to “have each staff member go through cultural competency training by a member of our community; I am asking them to invest in our community through local organizations and low performing elementary schools, and lastly to consider hiring our local ex-offenders.”

Implicit in this tempest is the view that there’s nothing positive about gentrification, or what Post columnist Vincent Carroll describes as Denver’s success in its effort to “attract and retain middle-class families.” Opponents of gentrification allege that it forces the out-migration of longtime residents—most often in the context of white newcomers pushing out African-Americans. There is little evidence to support this view, however; in fact, the preponderance of academic research suggests that the emergence of racially and economically integrated urban neighborhoods can be good for all concerned. But there’s at least one other wrongheaded assumption anti-gentrifiers make: that previous neighborhood change, of the sort that might be called anti-gentrification, didn’t produce its own disruption and displacement.



Mixed-use or multi-use development is the linchpin of efforts to restore distressed downtowns and neighborhoods in US cities of all sizes. Newton, Massachusetts Mayor Setti Warren, for example, created a Multi-Use Task Force in his city of 84,000 residents to ”consider ways to create developments that will balance economic benefits with the impacts on surroundings and create places for people of all ages and interests.” Mayor Cheryl Cox of Chula Vista, California (population 228,000), endorsed an Urban Core Specific Plan which lays the basis for zoning changes to create green building standards, walkable neighborhoods, and mixed-use development. In June of this year, Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development invited the 30,000 members of the US Conference of Mayors to become partners in a new federal initiative to integrate transportation and land use, specifically through the construction of mixed-use developments and affordable housing and the re-use of older buildings.

In addition to the economic benefits of bringing new workers, residents, and pedestrians to lagging areas, mixed-use developments were assumed to reduce crime. Mayors frequently propose mixed-use projects by asserting that the additional “eyes on the street” will deter criminal activity. A new study tests this assumption.


The latter is the gentrifiers.

We have two opposing dynamics here. On the one hand we have the current residents who oppose any sort ‘revitalization’ because they realize very quickly that for it to happen they has to leave. The mayors driver is to raise the tax base to meet expenditures. In so doing however the current residents will not be able to pay for either the increased rents or the increased taxes that come with such actions.

The Anti-gens, if they have a voice, have the upper hand if they are not fragmented. Allied against them are the developers, retail and Pols who wish to import the new intelligentsia who can pay the rates. Its Votes vs Bucks. For the Dims that can pose a problem if they realized it was one. Both factions are part of the circus tent called the Democrats. This internal struggle is part of the reason that Democratic cities are in such sad shape.

A pictorial for any Democrat that happens to wander by —

‘Nuf said?

31 Responses leave one →
  1. 2018 January 10 6:50 am
    drdog09 permalink

    We of the Right should not be too smug about it all. We ourselves have to reconcile our knowledge vs our faith. The problem for the Left is they are wrestling with Known Knowns of their own creation whereas the Right deals with the Known Unknown, to paraphrase a former DoD Chief.

  2. 2018 January 10 7:23 am
    justrand permalink

    The author of the piece offer a tongue-in-cheek (though very apt) analogy to describe the MADNESS of this “judge”. The purveyors of Progressive bullcrap (aka: “Social Justice”) know they can find a “judge” to say/do whatever they want…but this is beyond even their normal INSANITY!

    ==>“Shortly after President Trump requested scrambled eggs and sausage for breakfast this morning, a federal judge in San Francisco issued an injunction against the request, ordering the chef to bring him oatmeal instead. That ruling was followed by a national ban on the serving of either egg or sausage products for breakfast until a comprehensive study can determine the overall impact of pork and poultry farming on climate change.

  3. 2018 January 10 7:25 am
    drdog09 permalink

    2 the sooner that part of CA leaves the better this country will be.

  4. 2018 January 10 7:26 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Being white is a genetic defect — — And they intend to ‘solve’ the problem.

  5. 2018 January 10 7:29 am
    justrand permalink

    back on topic…

    The Democrats/Left create either real issues/problems…or the PERCEPTION of an issue/problem…so they can “solve” it using their tried & true methods of Taxation, Regulation, and Intimidation.

    As you note, this often pits one “aggrieved” group against another. Splendid!

  6. 2018 January 10 7:54 am
    bc3b permalink

    When you look at things being protested these days, you just shake your head.

    What the GOP should do – if it had the brains and courage – is to exploit the differences between different groups within the Democratic Party.

    But, while Democrats always go for the jugular – Republicans always play nice because they are afraid of the media and being labeled as racissst.

  7. 2018 January 10 8:34 am
    bc3b permalink

    Louisiana teacher handcuffed and removed from board meeting for criticizing superintendent’s raise:

    Is this a great country, or what?

  8. 2018 January 10 9:48 am
    Eph permalink

    Issa retiring. No surprise. CA is lost.

  9. 2018 January 10 10:33 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Kinda torn on this one. If the public can’t question the power structure then what’s left? Revolution? Nor do I think the officer operated in an appropriate manner once he was in the hallway. All he had to do was prevent her reentry and that would have been the end of it.

    And by the way the salaries of superintendents of school districts is out of sight compared to the shoddy product they produce — students incapable of reading, proper grammar and thinking. If they were responsible to shareholders they would be out the door.

  10. 2018 January 10 10:34 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Good for Issa. He was one of the few rational ones left in that state. He’s probably tired of fighting the insanity and I don’t blame him if that is the case.

  11. 2018 January 10 10:43 am
    bc3b permalink

    kalifornia is a lost cause. The country will be better off if it secedes. Most businesses with their US headquarters in Kalifornia can relocate. We can have a deep-water port in Jefferson. Kalifornia can be the dumping ground for US illegals,

  12. 2018 January 10 11:33 am
    bc3b permalink

    Feds raid Kalifornia “maternity hotels” for birth tourists:

  13. 2018 January 10 12:00 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    From Champ to Chump in one lifetime. McCain was always a high achiever, most people just fade off into the sunset, sign memorabilia and maybe make the rounds of charity of events. Not McCain, he dove right into the toilet, head first.

  14. 2018 January 10 12:16 pm

    7 – No thanks just as bad or worse, he was busy handing them soccer balls.

  15. 2018 January 10 12:18 pm

    11 – Between state of situation in CA and he being a long running joke due to his leading lots of Failure Theater, I’m not surprise and I’m happy to see him go.

  16. 2018 January 10 1:14 pm
    Eph permalink

    16 – we ain’t got anyone left.

  17. 2018 January 10 2:06 pm

    18 – I share that view. 🙁

  18. 2018 January 10 2:25 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Am I alone in approving of Tom McClintock?

    Hey, if we take SD as our State of Jefferson deep water port, how will the illegals get to Olde California? Ferry boats?

  19. 2018 January 10 4:17 pm
    justrand permalink

    I don’t think we can seize San Diego for Jefferson…though it’s a great idea. it’s only the Northern counties (ALL of them) that are on board with seceding.

  20. 2018 January 10 5:32 pm
    bc3b permalink

    NorCalJim and JR –

    Myunderstanding is there is a coastal area in northern california that would make an ideal deep sea port. Know anything about that JR?

  21. 2018 January 10 6:04 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    22, yeah I picked San Diego cos we won’t want LA or SF.
    And Crescent City isn’t big enough 🙂 🙂

  22. 2018 January 10 6:05 pm
    justrand permalink

    Bc3b, while there are ports that could offer some deep water access, there is nothing to compare with either San Fran or San Diego…two of the finest harbors in the world. Maybe we just seize San Fran? 🙂

  23. 2018 January 10 6:46 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Eww, who is gonna disinfect SF before anyone tries to live there? LOL

    Just in: “Fire and Fury” debuts at No. 1 on the @nytimes best sellers list
    — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 10, 2018

    Hold on just a sec, though:
    under “nonfiction.”

  24. 2018 January 10 7:40 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JR #24 –

    Not unless we drop a neutron bomb on SF first.

  25. 2018 January 10 9:38 pm
    justrand permalink

    Bc3b, the purpose of a neutron bomb is to wipe out intelligent life forms, but leave infrastructure intact…right?

    Well, there hasn’t been intelligent life in San Francisco for DECADES!

  26. 2018 January 10 11:52 pm

    Stephen Miller…the only sane voice left it seems.

    “GOP negotiators say Trump aide Stephen Miller is standing in the way of an immigration deal”

    Sure hope it’s true. .

  27. 2018 January 11 5:27 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    From Allen West’s facebook feed:
    On Monday, the national restaurant chain Red Robin announced it would eliminate busboys at all of its 570 restaurants, as the company expects it will save $8 million in 2018 by doing so. Red Robin’s chief financial officer Guy Constant told attendees at the ICR retail conference, “We need to do that to address the labor increases we’ve seen.”

    Michael Saltsman, director of the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), told FOX Business, “I read that as minimum wage. Somebody like Red Robin, which has a lot of exposure in western states [where the minimum wage is rising faster] … this is sort of a burger and beer chain. If they can’t pass those increases off in higher prices … they have to find a way to do more with less.”

  28. 2018 January 11 2:07 pm

    30 – There was no blackmail (or at least that part is totally denied today), just affair.

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