The Up House

Apr 12

The Up House

SEATTLE’S SYMBOL OF STUBBORN RESISTANCE TO COMMERCIALISM IS SELLING OUT. Well, not so much selling out as being sold.

The original owner, Ms. Masefield, long since gone, turned down big bucks in order to stay in her little bungalow, defying the corporations who built towering concrete and steel structures intimidatingly up and around her home. She just sat there smiling until she died. Gotta love that woman!

A North Carolina investment company has it now, after a subsequent owner defaulted on the mortgage.

What do you think? Was Ms. Masefield admirable or just some crazy old lady?

Saturday Salons are a great place to take a topic in the news and use it as a catalyst for meaningful discussions about what is happening in your own life, like where the boundaries should be between independence and community, or corporations and individuals.

Here in Orange County, CA, people take turns complaining about the cookie-cutter, stucco suburbs, while still enjoying the numerous bike paths and parks that city planning created alongside those cookie-cutter, zero lot line houses.

Just taking this one topic-city planning – here are some questions to throw in the hat for your next Salon:

  1. Should everyone be required to pay for schools, even those who do not have children?
  2. Would you pay more in taxes if it meant campaign funding reform for local elections?
  3. How important are bike paths to you? Farmer’s markets? Parks? Day Care centers? Desalinization plants?
  4. The Arts – how important is it to have theater venues, concert arenas, and museums?
  5. What about other public services, like police or shelters for the homeless?
  6. Water use – should your city be able to tell you to tear out your thirsty, water-wasting lawn and put in a drought-resistant, natural landscape?
  7. What NIMBY projects would you fight? Prison? Landfill? Homeless shelter? What about noisy wind turbines or slightly unsightly solar panels? Where do you draw the line? What are you willing to give up for what benefits?

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