Krist Novoselic on Progressivism; What About Queen Anne's Market?; Why We're Fascists!

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But Will Queen Anne Get to Keep Met Market?Upper Queen Anne is a self-contained urban village, far above the noise and bustle of the Emerald City, far below the counterbalance. But as rents in the little hamlet skyrocket, businesses have been forced out, requiring more and more trips off the hill for supplies and entertainment and visits to favorite restaurants that found cheaper digs in other parts of town, if they managed to survive at all.Today, the sale of the Metropolitan Market site, as well as neighboring apartments, to developer Joe Geivett was announced. The Queen Anne Neighbors for Responsible Growth welcomed the sale. The group's spokesperson, Kemp Hiatt Jr., says in a press release: "[Geivett] has said some encouraging things, and we're hopeful that he will be able to strike a deal to keep Metropolitan Market as a tenant."Neighbors for Responsible Growth was formed after concern mounted among Queen Anners that an enormous QFC was likely to come into the spot. There's already, horror of nonlocal horrors, a Safeway down the street. For his part, Geivett says he'll try to get a deal with Metropolitan Market to stay if the market wants it, which might be encouraging to Neighbors for Responsible Growth, but it's hardly a guarantee.— Laura OnstotKrist Novoselic on the Progressive Movement, the Grange, and William Morley Bouck(Krist Novoselic, political activist and former bassist for Nirvana, blogs on the Daily Weekly every Tuesday.)The Progressive movement of the early 20th century produced many lasting reforms. There were Roosevelt's antitrust laws, direct election of U.S. senators, many states achieved Direct Legislation (the initiative process), women's suffrage and public primaries/nominations. (The era also experienced a growth with the mostly forgotten Single Transferable Vote election reform.)Many people and organizations in Washington state embraced Progressivism with fervor. The Washington State Grange had an important role in this movement.Founded in 1867 in the Reconstruction South, the Patrons of Husbandry (Grange) was an organization of family farmers advancing their interests. Collectively, they were a force against the railroad monopoly. The organization also stressed developing the character and expanding the knowledge of members. The Grange was cutting edge because it allowed women and teens as voting members. And any position of elected leadership was open to all members. To guard against infiltrating agents, the Grange conducted closed meetings requiring secret passwords and such from members.Farmers in Oregon and the Washington Territory had their own transportation issues on the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The Oregon Steam Navigation Company dominated those waterways. To fight this shipping monopoly, farmer clubs were organized. These soon evolved into Granges. The Washington Grange was organized on Sept. 10, 1889—two months before the Washington Territory became a state. (Click here to read the entire story.)— Krist NovoselicComments of the Week!In case you haven't noticed, you can now leave comments on EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE we publish. You've always been able to toss in on the blogs, but now you can spout off on our restaurant reviews, music stories, columns, and everything else.Here's a look at a few (unedited) thoughts left on articles over the last week:Pike Street All-Stars"I'm shocked that the Weekly would publish such a blatantly prejudice account of Seattle's street culture. Metcalfe's article is disheartening and reinforces the oppressions and power structures that force many of our brothers and sisters to try to survive on the streets in the first place. This depiction of Seattle's street people as drug-addicted looneys with nothing to contribute to our city not only fails to recognize the many assets these people bring to our communities, it demonstrates Metcalfe and the Weekly's utter lack of compassion and empathy towards the underprivileged and vulnerable people of our society. I've lost respect for Metcalfe and the Weekly and strongly feel that an apology is in order."— Posted by "Joe Campe""Some really first class fascist propaganda. Good job as*hole."— Posted by "Rose"Details on That Holiday Show You Gotta SeeWow! I'm not a huge Book_it Fan, but your reviewer just displayed that he knows NOTHING about the production he was seeing. Of course they used that narrative - that's what they do He he simply would have red the program, he would have learned that much. It wasn't a director's choice - it a near 20 year old convention. Now, I'm not defending the show, I've not even seen it. But it irritates me whaen a reviewer can spout off about a show/style they know nothing about. And the suggestion that because no one is hoisted intothe air (a feat that the REP pulled off for 20 seconds in 12th Night - to the tune of $40K) does n't mean it is low budget. Low budget is fringe. Book-It may not be wealthy, but to dimish their production values dimishes the entire theatre community - 90% of whom spend in one year what they spend on one show. Your reviewer's uninformed review is an insult to the theatre community.— Posted by "Jeremiah Strong"Urban Rangers: Look, Smell, Just Like CopsI don't understand why they would not include Denny Park. That is at the "center", or, nearly center of the city. Street prostitution occurs day and night on the north side of the park next to 2 chuches.— Posted by "eyeNOseaTTle"

 
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