City Council Selects Winners And Losers
The idea that it's inherently wrong that government should engage in selecting private sector winners and losers by dint of its economic policy, has been forwarded wall-to-wall by conservatives over the years.
Mattress stores; the city council has
a jones for 'em!
This argument suggests that its not government's bailiwick to intervene or steer the private sector, deferring instead to Adam Smith's invisible hand of market forces, selecting winners and losers in a purely economic Darwinist manner. That's the propaganda at least.
In Emeryville conversely, the city council clearly sees how the power of government can be harnessed to effect city planning and dramatically remake the town the way they see fit; they unabashedly select winners and losers if you will. The council gets right in there and greases the skids for development they like and they put the kibosh on any land use they don't approve, like for instance the recent intervention against ECAP / Ohana on San Pablo Avenue.
This interventionist city planning policy has netted an interesting list of winners and losers over the years:
- national franchise chain retail (7-Eleven, Mattress Discounters, et al)
- fast food (Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, et al)
- shopping mall builders
- loft builders
- asphalt companies
- ECAP / Ohana (food and clothing aid for the disadvantaged)
- locally serving retail
- family housing builders
- the schools
|Super size me!|
The city council thinks the best way to
solve traffic problems is to widen the streets.
Asphalt companies agree.
|Burger King: Got a hankerin' for|
some fat and salt with a little
The Emeryville city council
feels ya brah!