All this plays out as the Fox campaign seeks to paint Barry as a member of the “far left,” which strikes many political observers as a bit like painting a hammer-and-sickle on a Target handbag. Her council record has been a source of interest and irritation, depending on the point of view, precisely because of the ways it has not matched that description. The irony of Fox’s attack is that ever since she was elected in 2007 as a pro-neighborhoods progressive fighter, her harshest criticism and skepticism has come from people on the left, worried that political ambition and calculation were pulling Barry to the center.
As has been chewed over many times by now, her council tenure included sponsorship of a nondiscrimination ordinance and a living wage for Metro workers — 14 of them. But she also provided a reliable yes vote for the corporate tax incentives and big downtown development projects that have bothered, among others, some of the neighborhood activists and progressives who would be Barry’s natural constituency.
I think that by saying, “Hey, look, here’s Megan and here’s all the rest of us” — all the rest of us are unions, teachers, firefighters, the business coalition, you know. And so, I think it’s kind of a false dichotomy. If anybody’s a centrist in this race, it’s me, and I’ve got the track record to prove it.You can read the condensed version of the interview as it appears in this week's print issue here. We'll have the complete transcript on Pith tomorrow morning.
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Over at the Nashville Business Journal, Adam Sichko has a really interesting interview with former mayoral candidate, Bill Freeman. It's mostly about Freeman's fight with the Chamber of Commerce, which is fairly uninteresting.
But eventually Freeman gets around to talking about affordable housing. He says:
I've seen that legislation the council passed [in pursuit of new zoning that would set a goal of making 14 percent of new units qualify as "affordable" and "work force"]. That is a terrible idea. It's well-intentioned, but that's not the way to attack the problem.
We need to make it attractive to develop affordable housing, not mandatory. Incentives will do that. And it needs to have a timeline, maybe a 10-year lifecycle, where after that point, the developer could rent those units at market rates. I am confident you could get several thousand units online, and then of course you'd have other projects come along later with their own 10-year requirements. I think that's fair because it is not something short-term, but we also wouldn't be requiring developers to do it for a lifetime, either.
But I'm struck by this "incentives" idea. Because, if I'm reading this correctly, Freeman thinks we should pay developers to build affordable housing and then, after a decade, let them make the housing unaffordable. Under this plan, if you are a poor person and you rent, don't get too attached to your home, because you'll have to move at least once a decade, assuming that you are fortunate enough to get into one of these incentivized affordable homes right when it opens. We then end up with a situation where not just the poorest of our poor are in a constant hunt for housing, but where all poor people have to be. That seems shitty.
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Perhaps Donna, isn't that the basis of christian conservatism? Or have I gone to far?…
Creepy ad . . . with narcissistic undertones . . . to be generous.
Shades of William Howard Taft
Were no headshots taken?
Did Hale and Barry end their interview with a long, wet kiss?