Ha! Who said Tom Richards' projects don't bring jobs downtown?
I think it's interesting that you say, "conventional wisdom casts third parties such as the Greens as agitators who exist on the political fringe..." By "conventional wisdom" I assume you mean to take the Republican-Democratic Party (singular) stance of "you get to _choose_ between Kang and Kodos" and give it some kind of aw-shucks homespun spin. It is not "conventional wisdom" at all, but a deception that has been parlayed iteratively for the past 60 years of politics.
And when you speak of "the media" and how it "hasn't paid a lot of attention to their campaigns" or how it has excluded Green Party candidates from debates, it sounds like you're referring to an outside third-party. I don't know if you were aware, but The City is part of said "media" and just as culpable.
I just figured Warren's policies would be "more of the same." So if you like more crime, more police brutality, failing schools, a huge chunk of the city below the poverty line, lousy public transportation, and tax breaks for out-of-town corporations, well, by all means, vote for her. I'd say correct me if I'm wrong, but she won't come out and answer questions about what she stands for, so I can only assume ...
Funny how this drain on property taxes is never blamed on Richards' giving a free ride to new construction leading to further abandoning of existing space (e.g. Culver Road Armory drew businesses from downtown), and how corporate chains get red-carpet treatment while local business owners are crippled by exclusively supplying tax revenue, and suffering bureaucratic abuse (e.g. the secret 24-hour permit for 7-11 on Monroe versus the aggressive, illegal restricting of hours at Obsessions Bar and Grill).
And what's that about his pet project of getting rid of the one-way Clinton and St. Paul streets downtown? One-way traffic creates additional pedestrian safety, and the parallel design affords efficient transit. Maybe Richards' future boondoggle — the proposed Mortimer Street Bus Barn — can't function without it.
I hope that one day soon the loyalists to the Democratic Party will realize their representation in this city is a corrupt bunch of opportunists. (Hint: connect the lines between which companies perform patronage jobs and which companies fund campaigns.)
If you take it from the angle that we are watching from Pat's perspective (which I presume is somewhat deluded), does the film make more sense?
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