kink.com Armory Hearing — open and shut
I didn’t get a chance to attend the March 8th kink.com Planning Commission Hearing about the Armory at 14th and Mission Street, but thanks to our wonderful wired government I can view the meeting video online. I actually watched it twice on the San Francisco Government Channel (thank you Comcast) and was glad to see that they didn’t really need me showing up for support. It did make me think quite a bit, though.
The residents of the area did seem to take a rather hysterical view of the situation. I find it rather ironic that the local residents are more concerned about porn than the junkies that litter that neighborhood. As far as the neighborhood goes, if they are that concerned about the sex trade in their hood then they should take a gander at what happens less than three blocks away at the Power Exchange. There were a few things that I agreed with — one man (who needed public speaking lessons) seemed rather outraged that a BDSM studio would locate next door to a battered women’s shelter (good point) while at least one other resident totally negated the viewpoint of the residents with their hyperbolic statements — this even made one other resident change their mind DURING the meeting to support kink.com.
The one thing that bugs me, and always has bugged me, about things like this is exactly how loud money talks. The cold truth is that the company had more than enough money to sew everything up so that this meeting was nothing more than a formality and the residents really have no say. As far as how I feel about this personally, I do have to say that coming from modest beginnings in Georgia makes me wonder how far along I’d be if I had a family with enough money to send me to Cambridge and Columbia University rather than having to work through college myself. I do have a lot of problems with envy and jealousy, I’ll totally admit that — but I also have this chip on my shoulder about how I never had to use my parents money to get where I am or where I am going, and the entire situation just hammers home to me that it’s always good to be the guy who steamrollers through obstacles with a wheelbarrow full of money.