With Lawyers and Money All Things are Possible

I’m going through zoning cases at the place they pay me and I noticed something funny. Well I notice a lot of odd, “huh?” stuff. For example, I’m trying to figure out what happened to the Salvation Army Headquarters that was supposed to be at the spot where 555 Massachusetts sits now. Around 1990 there was supposed to be a non-profit with shelter (Zoning Commission 90-8M/88-23C). But instead there is something else. Maybe not enough lawyers and money.
Another project was the 7th Street Penn Quarter area with the older facades and the modern high rise behind it. I have read/heard complaints about how the whole facade thing is bad and it’s bad for historic preservation. Well looking at the papers, the Historic Preservation people signed off on the project. Yes, there is a signature and everything. Were they browbeaten by the developer’s lawyers?
And there are other projects, other PUDs, where I’ll admit, I don’t have all the information. But I look at what the paperwork says, remember what the location looks like now and sometimes things don’t match up.

The windows of the Metro train have a wonderful reflective quality

This is a “it’s my blog and I’ll post what I want” post. This week I saw CCAG (Cute Commie A* Guy) on the metro. I have not seen for the longest because my commute changed and even with my old commute seeing him was more miss than hit. But there he was, opposite the door from me in all his hunky dweebie handsome Clark Kent glassy geekiness. OMG he’s so handsome I could barely look at him directly, lest my eyes be blinded.
Thank goodness the windows in the train reflected just enough to save my already damaged eyes.
I’m okay at a distance as not to be repelled by his free-market hatin’, pro-socialist, workers of the world unite ways. If only all the men I’m ideologically opposed to were that dreamy, what a beautiful world it would be.

*A is not for a-hole, but a neutral adjective that would too specifically describe him. Older friends will know about CCAG.