Board games the whole neighborhood can play

My honorable opponent, incumbent Board of Supervisors member Bevan Dufty, had the following to say in his latest newsletter under the headline “Charette anyone?”:

“I reported last month on my request that Planning hold a Market Street Design Charette in light of potential development of numerous vacant or underused parcels from Octavia to Castro…

“I neglected to say what a charette is: (often spelled charrette and called design charrette) an urban planning technique for consulting with all stakeholders. Charettes are typically intensive, involving municipal and planning officials, neighbors, merchants and project sponsors.”

This would be in contrast to a “charade,” which is an urban planning process where residents, builders, merchants and others wishing to make changes to their own property are forced to jump through a series of time-consuming and often stressful and expensive hoops erected by the Board and their bureaucratic minions, the outcome being determined in favor of whoever has the most money, political connections, and support from people (typically the local busybodies) with the time and inclination to sit through boring public meetings.

Come to think of it, there’s really not very much difference between them.

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