I am pretty sure YUI serves the same emotional purpose for me that TSwift does for my roommate and I’m pretty okay with that.
I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood.
A real estate developer, who is seeking tax breaks to build a behemoth luxury apartment building, thinks it would be unfair for the people buying apartments in the building to enter the same dooras the lower-income residents (read: working class New Yorkers) because those people should be grateful they can even have a residence in this building.
Are you fucking kidding me?.
This is so fucking disgusting. These developers need their asses handed to them.
Hey so big cities all over North America are trying to cajole developers into building cheaper rental housing through tax breaks or increased maximum density allowances or some other carrot/stick combination. At best, this creates few affordable units relative to demand, costs a lot of money (both in terms of government expenditure and in terms of higher housing prices for everyone), and makes any kind of long-term community planning efforts very difficult to commit to. At worst, the developers manage to rent the units at market prices anyway and/or subject the tenants to indignity like this.
If you’re a municipal government in a big city, and you want affordable housing, tax developers and build it yourself. You need to be smart about it (e.g. not giant projects, integrate the units well with social services, spread them out around town) but this ends up being so much cheaper and efficient and ensures the people in the affordable units actually need them. Trying to game the existing market structure for housing generally doesn’t end well.
a sweetly scented, highly poisonous woodland flowering plantconsidering making this gem of a description of lily of the valley my twitter bio
The ideal reader for Amy Rowland’s The Transcriptionist is stranded in public, waiting. I don’t mean to suggest that this novel is light, or lacks rigor, but simply that distraction—people milling about, talking, laughing, shouting—accents this book like music.Benjamin Rybeck reviews The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland (via therumpus)
The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
Pisces: This week, when you most need it, you’ll be able to find a small place inside of you that’s as hard as a diamond and as bright as the sun. This week, when it really matters, you can find a corner of your heart that truly knows your own worth, that can protect your from all darkness. This is a week for believing in your own bright magic. This is a week for standing up against everything that would have you stay quiet and everything that would have you be small.
Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.
The second you say “okay, I’m printing five/ten/thirty/ninety-seven copies,” just before hitting Print, is terrifying.
An interlude: we always have frogs and toads, they chorus at night, but now they’re crossing the road in front of us like squirrels. The rightmost is little and pink, a frog not a toad, just outside the spotlight. Shy.
I'm Bailey, a small girl from a small town. I lived a year in Kyoto and I graduated from college in Chicago in 2010. I lived in Boston for almost two years but it was a wash. I moved back to Chicago in May 2012 to rebuild from the ground up. I am in a Master's of Divinity program at a frou frou East Coast university. I say "y'all." I like beautiful things, funny things, photography, Japan, and emoticaps. Left-leaning politics, left-leaning theology, vegan cooking, dresses. My friends call me Etsuko because I was named Etsuko when I started learning Japanese. You write it like 悦子 and it is a very good name. White, straight, cis, she, trying to be a good thinker and sayer and doer.日本語、一応話せます。どうぞ宜しくお願い致します♪