Cheers: To increased housing in downtown Vancouver. The opening of Lincoln Place and the development of two affordable apartment complexes hopefully will make a small dent in the city’s homeless crisis.
Lincoln Place is a 30-unit apartment building designed to serve the chronically homeless. It embraces the philosophy of “housing first,” providing shelter as a way to help people get back on their feet rather than forcing residents to be clean and sober first. The philosophy is a relatively new social experiment and will require measurable metrics to assess its effectiveness. Meanwhile, the 15 West complex, which will open soon, and 13 West, now under construction, will provide low-cost housing. By themselves, the projects will not completely release the pressure on Vancouver’s housing market, but they might help to ease it.
Jeers: To county Councilor David Madore. Now that he no longer is part of the majority coalition on the Clark County council, Madore has taken to referring to the “new liberal majority” on the council. Madore is free to label other councilors if he feels the need, but he should recognize that divisiveness has not made him an effective councilor.
First of all, each of the four councilors is a Republican and while council Chair Marc Boldt has stated no party preference, he has long been a Republican. Second of all, many people don’t consider “liberal” to be the pejorative that Madore apparently believes it is. Most important, however, is that Madore’s caterwauling seems more suited to the elementary school playground than a county council meeting. Fortunately, none of the other councilors have sunk to Madore’s maturity level and responded with, “I know you are, but what am I?”
Cheers: To Holly Halberg, a freshman at Battle Ground High School. Halberg has been selected as the Washington winner in a national K-12 contest to create a Google Doodle that will appear on the website’s home page for a day.