in fairness, "ill-informed" (to take the least pejorative) could apply (at various times) to any number of elected officials, including Glen's boss, BDB.— Norman Oder (@AYReport) February 6, 2018
Here's example re #AtlanticYards @pacificparkbk https://t.co/lQpCFD0sup https://t.co/WrBueisUTJ
By the way, Glen herself has participated in that praise, unwisely calling Atlantic Yards affordable housing "a better bargain for the taxpayers and the public" compared to the predecessor administration.Sure, it *can* be complicated. But also Council & Mayor can be in lockstep for political reasons, *both* failing to be informed. Consider chorus of praise for "100% affordable" #535Carlton @pacificparkbk https://t.co/k9zq4E6pkJ— Norman Oder (@AYReport) February 6, 2018
Then reality: empty units https://t.co/HaOpTKIaGJ
Despite Glen's lack of self-candor, it was an example of what commentator Michael Kinsley once called a gaffe: “when a politician tells the truth--or more precisely, when he or she accidentally reveals something truthful.”
Different kinds of smart?
OK, it was also incomplete, unwise, and snooty.
Still, it's remarkable how pervasive are "ill-informed and not that smart” perspectives toward not-so-affordable below-market housing, at least as long as elected officials want to stay on the good side of the mayor (and maybe a powerful developer).You know what is not that smart? Calling people you depend on "not that smart," and not realizing that there are different kinds of smart. https://t.co/WOtJ6IXj0z— Nicole Gelinas (@nicolegelinas) February 6, 2018