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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:06:50 PM »
That's not answering my question. My post was about using "gentrification" to argue putting limits on growth in a neighborhood.

That was what your post was about, yes.  Which is why I responded with the facts that should make it clear that this isn't germane to a discussion re: the Opportunity Zones tax incentives.

In part but not only because applying those incentives in areas where they were intended would speed up gentrification in those neighborhoods, not limit it.

 

I see.

You oppose funding economic development, unless it's in the right neighborhood.

Still, it's good to know that gentrification doesn't harm a neighborhood, as many tend to believe. And since you like "facts".

...a study from NYU’s Furman Center suggests that residents of public housing in wealthier and gentrifying neighborhoods make more money, live with less violence, and have better educational options for their children, despite also facing some challenges. Second, a study from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank finds that there has been much less displacement of existing residents from gentrifying neighborhoods than is commonly feared—and that those who do leave aren’t necessarily more likely to move to lower-income neighborhoods. And finally, a Columbia University study on gentrification in London also failed to find evidence of widespread departures in neighborhoods with rising average incomes.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/in-defense-of-gentrification/413425/

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Baseball / Re: American League
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:00:54 PM »
No, the writers hated him. Period. You'd have to admit that.

Bottom line, writers have no business being involved with the HOF. They are creating the news, then, not reporting it.

No integrity in the entire process.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 12, 2018, 02:53:12 PM »
So,  you are NOT pro-growth in a community, unless it is a low-income area?

My response to your post was a statement of facts, not my opinion.  The tax incentives in question are not meant to target neighborhoods where no incentive for development is required.

That's not answering my question. My post was about using "gentrification" to argue putting limits on growth in a neighborhood.

I'll rephrase. Are you pro-growth, and for pro-growth incentives in a community, only if it is a low-income area?

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Baseball / Re: American League
« on: December 12, 2018, 02:47:36 PM »
Keuchel and Morton. Where will they go?

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Baseball / Re: American League
« on: December 12, 2018, 02:43:48 PM »
Good back and forth today on High Heat, between Chris Russo and Tony LaRussa re:  Baines

Heard it. Wish he would have asked LaRussa this, especially after LaRussa referenced statistics.

Um, Tony, how do you feel about being in the HOF, when you had all those players who used PEDs? Was your winning percentage as a manager as good as managers who never had those types of players? And Tony, now that MLB is taking money for gambling operations, should Pete Rose be allowed into the Hall?

Bottom line, I have no issue with guys like Baines in the Hall of Fame, since it's always been a kiss-the-writers'-asses situation. Just ask Eddie Murray and Dick Allen.


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 12, 2018, 02:39:39 PM »
Jared and Ivanka make big money from Opportunity Zone program they pushed...


https://apnews.com/37b731bd1cc443fa953b112b7afe879a

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While the Opportunity Zone program mostly targets census tracts of high poverty and unemployment, it also allows “contiguous” tracts that might not be low-income, but are close enough to deprived communities to be eligible.

Critics say that could allow developers to cash in by targeting zones already teeming with investment and gentrified neighborhoods. Amazon’s recent decision to locate a new headquarters in the bustling New York City neighborhood of Long Island City, for example, drew rebukes following reports it was in an Opportunity Zone.

A study by the Urban Institute in Washington found that nearly a third of the more than 8,700 Opportunity Zones nationwide — and all 13 of the ones containing Kushner properties — were showing signs of heavy investment and gentrification, based on such factors as rent increases and the percentage of college-educated residents....     

I'm not a genius, but it seems when people are willing to invest in a certain area of a city that this benefits that area in ways that create more economic opportunity. That said, however, the economic opportunities can only be seized by those who have the education and means to do so. I don't see "gentrification" as a bad thing, but rather it so often a word that is used to keep neighborhoods entrenched in a failure to thrive mode, or kept from transitioning to improved economic activity.

In Philadelphia, there have been numerous neighborhoods that have turned around and now benefit from the shops, restaurants, bars, and other opportunities that emerged through gentrification. Areas like Fishtown, Northern Liberties, and of late, Brewerytown, have turned from impoverished regions of no hope to places where people wish to live and work.

That people are displaced by such changes is a force that has always existed in the USA.

Always.

And if the cities are attracting a more educated populace, then the value of the properties in the area will naturally increase. The potential for a long term benefits to a given city is greater.

No one wanted to live in Jersey City or Hoboken in the 1970's. That's not the case, now. Is that really such a terrible thing?

Opportunity Zones are a tax based incentive program to develop projects in low-income areas that otherwise would not be profitable for them.

So providing tax incentives in places where a development would already be profitable and a project would happen anyway is taking taxpayer money and adding it to developer profits with the public enjoying no discernible benefit in increased economic activity.

So,  you are NOT pro-growth in a community, unless it is a low-income area?


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Baseball / Re: American League
« on: December 12, 2018, 11:11:38 AM »
Happ(y) to be back?

The lefty and the Yankees are in serious talks about a return to the Bronx, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed, and the conversations appear to be nearing the finish line. The hangup is that Happ, 36, wants three years, while the Yankees prefer two.

The Post reported Tuesday night that the Phillies were gaining momentum in talks with Happ on a three-year deal.


https://nypost.com/2018/12/12/yankees-close-to-getting-j-a-happ-back/

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Television / Re: Television
« on: December 12, 2018, 11:03:25 AM »
SAG awards nominations dropped.

Nominations for the 25th annual SAG Awards were announced on Wednesday.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” led film nominations with four nods, including best actor for Cooper, best actress for Gaga, best ensemble, and best supporting actor for Sam Elliot. “BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” followed close behind, both taking home a trio of nods.

On the small screen, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Ozark” topped TV superlatives with a quartet of nominations apiece, followed by “Barry,” “GLOW,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “The Kominsky Method,” scoring three nominations each.

Awkwafina and Laverne Cox announced nominations live from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris introduced the presenters, who revealed nominations for acting in television and film. Prior to that, SAG Awards committee chair JoBeth Williams and committee member Elizabeth McLaughlin revealed this year’s stunt ensemble nominees.


Full list of nominations found here:https://variety.com/2018/film/news/2019-sag-award-nominations-list-nominees-1203087472/

BTW, if you haven't seen "The Kominsky Method" on Netflix, you are missing a helluva good show.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 12, 2018, 10:52:09 AM »
Jared and Ivanka make big money from Opportunity Zone program they pushed...


https://apnews.com/37b731bd1cc443fa953b112b7afe879a

Quote
While the Opportunity Zone program mostly targets census tracts of high poverty and unemployment, it also allows “contiguous” tracts that might not be low-income, but are close enough to deprived communities to be eligible.

Critics say that could allow developers to cash in by targeting zones already teeming with investment and gentrified neighborhoods. Amazon’s recent decision to locate a new headquarters in the bustling New York City neighborhood of Long Island City, for example, drew rebukes following reports it was in an Opportunity Zone.

A study by the Urban Institute in Washington found that nearly a third of the more than 8,700 Opportunity Zones nationwide — and all 13 of the ones containing Kushner properties — were showing signs of heavy investment and gentrification, based on such factors as rent increases and the percentage of college-educated residents....     

I'm not a genius, but it seems when people are willing to invest in a certain area of a city that this benefits that area in ways that create more economic opportunity. That said, however, the economic opportunities can only be seized by those who have the education and means to do so. I don't see "gentrification" as a bad thing, but rather it so often a word that is used to keep neighborhoods entrenched in a failure to thrive mode, or kept from transitioning to improved economic activity.

In Philadelphia, there have been numerous neighborhoods that have turned around and now benefit from the shops, restaurants, bars, and other opportunities that emerged through gentrification. Areas like Fishtown, Northern Liberties, and of late, Brewerytown, have turned from impoverished regions of no hope to places where people wish to live and work.

That people are displaced by such changes is a force that has always existed in the USA.

Always.

And if the cities are attracting a more educated populace, then the value of the properties in the area will naturally increase. The potential for a long term benefits to a given city is greater.

No one wanted to live in Jersey City or Hoboken in the 1970's. That's not the case, now. Is that really such a terrible thing?



 

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Trump Administration / Re: Timing helped Trump
« on: December 09, 2018, 04:48:41 PM »
Why was all this dumped on Friday?
Would've made for a full week of headlines and follow-up if released on a Monday.
. Stay tuned.

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Football / Re: NFL
« on: December 09, 2018, 04:47:53 PM »
Dolphins with best win of the year!!!

Ravens got Mahomed.

Voodoo Saquonomics in DC.


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 08, 2018, 01:12:56 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/dec/07/tucker-carlson-fox-news-trump-interview-turns

When you're Trump and even Tucker Carlson turns on you,  it's time to start locating the exits.

Speaking of Tucker, I tuned into Faux last night to see what fair and balanced approach they were taking with Mueller/SDNY double sentencing memo bombshells, and was treated to Tucker taking aim on the corrupt Clinton Foundation.

I think we've long past the point where parody is sufficent to explain away the naked complicity Faux has exhibited towards the lawlessness, corruption and perhaps traitorous actions of the Trump Crime family.

I don't know too much about Tucker Carlson since he was schooled on ethics by Jon Stewart, but I did find this to be excellent reading: https://www.justsecurity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/20181207-27-sentencing-memo-usa.pdf

Especially interesting is the part about his lying about his "coordination" with Trump...

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 07, 2018, 06:20:00 PM »
Cohen’s submission suggests that this was but a brief error in judgment. Not so. Cohen
knew exactly where the line was, and he chose deliberately and repeatedly to cross it. Indeed, he
Case 1:18-cr-00602-WHP Document 27 Filed 12/07/18 Page 25 of 40
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was a licensed attorney with significant political experience and a history of campaign donations,
and who was well-aware of the election laws.
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 In fact, Cohen publicly and privately took credit
for Individual-1’s political success, claiming – in a conversation that he secretly recorded – that
he “started the whole thing . . . started the whole campaign” in 2012 when Individual-1 expressed
an interest in running for President. Moreover, not only was Cohen well aware of what he was
doing, but he used sophisticated tactics to conceal his misconduct. He arranged one of the
payments through a media company and disguised it as a services contract, and executed the
second non-disclosure agreement with aliases and routed the six-figure payment through a shell
corporation. After the election, he arranged for his own reimbursement via fraudulent invoices for
non-existent legal services ostensibly performed pursuant to a non-existent “retainer” agreement.
And even when public reports of the payments began to surface, Cohen told shifting and
misleading stories about the nature of the payment, his coordination with the candidate, and the
fact that he was reimbursed


Sean Hannity is involved. It's just a matter of time before that shoe drops.

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