This afternoon, Publicola revealed that, gasp, corporations have given money to Mike McGinn's Great City group. In fact, you can find a list of these malefactors right here. Reporter Erica Barnett says this news "may come as a surprise to some of [McGinn's] idealistic supporters." Uh, only if you include clueless along with idealistic.
Where exactly is the surprise in the fact that real estate developers like Vulcan and Harbor Properties, and the architects they employ, are supportive of a group like Great City that's all about creating amenities for more density? Why wouldn't they like a group that led the charge in 2008 to get Seattle voters to put up $145 million in taxpayer money to fix up parks near the developers' condos and apartments?
This style of "environmentalism" is not opposed by urban developers at all, which is part of the reason why Greg Nickels did so well for so long.
Where things get much more complicated is out in the rural areas. That's when there can actually be a disconnect between what developers want and what the greenies want. And that's where groups like the Master Builders will, at times, be on the opposite fence from the Sierra Clubbers. Fortunately for McGinn, his group focuses on the city, where the lovers of parks, bike lanes, "LEED-certification," and high rises, have all found common cause.