Chart Party, Democratic Socialist Style
May 30, 2019 4:25 PM   Subscribe

We all know statistical bard Jon Bois from his work with SB Nation, most notably Pretty Good and Chart Party. But Jon isn't one to just apply his talents to using numbers and graphical representations to telling stories about sports - in a recent tweet from the NYC DSA, Jon explains with his usual adroitness about why the proposed Good Cause Eviction bill needs to be supported in Albany.

And if you think this is unusual for Jon, it's worth remembering this screenshot from Randall Cunningham Seizes The Means Of Production.
posted by NoxAeternum (12 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
 
Heck yes, more Jon Bois content

also I guess it's for a good cause
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:27 PM on May 30, 2019


Is there a resource of soundtrack-listings to Jon Bois content? Because I am deeply in love with his musical choices in all things.
posted by panhopticon at 6:55 PM on May 30, 2019


Jon Bois is the best worst user of Google Earth. I love him.
posted by that girl at 7:08 PM on May 30, 2019 [1 favorite]


My god do I love Jon Bois. Love love love the guy. Him stepping up to promote this cause is just icing on the cake. Delicious, anti-rentseeking icing.
posted by Ipsifendus at 7:21 PM on May 30, 2019


panhopticon: I don't know if there's a compilation of them somewhere but he puts the credits in his videos at the end. I know he uses a lot of NFL Films music, especially pieces by Brian Bennett (whose separate album A Journey Into Discoid Funk I also highly recommend)
posted by JauntyFedora at 8:12 PM on May 30, 2019 [1 favorite]


.....there’s some of my artwork (the houses) at the very end of the video.

That is all.

(Also we have a historical change to reform NY’s rental laws this summer)
posted by The Whelk at 9:58 PM on May 30, 2019 [4 favorites]


@panhopticon Someone made a Spotify playlist of all of the music in Fighting in the Age of Lonelines which might interest you.
posted by weewooweewoo at 10:13 PM on May 30, 2019 [1 favorite]


Background reading: Rent Control: What Does the Research Tell Us about the Effectiveness of Local Action? Answer: It's complicated - neither the standard Econ 101 logic of "lower prices means lower supply and higher prices overall" nor the rah-rah "limiting rent helps renters and prevents gentrification" tells the whole story.

"More recent research suggests that rent-control policies reduce rents for the tenants they target and provide additional benefits by increasing residential stability and protecting tenants from eviction. Although rent control may constrain housing supply, policies can be tailored to avoid this [e.g., US rent-control laws generally exempt new construction]. However, recent research has found limited evidence that rent control contributes to broader socioeconomic goals, such as limiting gentrification, creating mixed-income neighborhoods, or decreasing racial disparities."
posted by Mr.Know-it-some at 6:15 AM on May 31, 2019 [1 favorite]


recent research has found limited evidence that rent control contributes to broader socioeconomic goals, such as limiting gentrification, creating mixed-income neighborhoods, or decreasing racial disparities.

This is interesting and those things are really important and we should make sure we are focusing consciously and effectively on them but if literally the only thing rent control accomplished was making landlords less rich I'd still support it pretty vehemently tbh.
posted by an octopus IRL at 8:25 AM on May 31, 2019 [4 favorites]


This is interesting and those things are really important and we should make sure we are focusing consciously and effectively on them but if literally the only thing rent control accomplished was letting a single person stay in their home until they felt like moving, unthreatened by way-more-than-inflation rent hikes or arbitrary evictions, I'd support it pretty vehemently.

Anyone who's lived in San Francisco for more than five minutes (raises hand) has seen what happens to people who don't have rent control (like NYC, San Francisco's excellent rent control only covers SOME units).

In my experience, the biggest problem with rent control is that it doesn't apply to everybody.

This sounds like a great bill, and I really hope it passes.

(Also: I had a landlord who was perfectly happy NOT to raise the rent on my rent-controlled apartment every year. That is: he could have, but he didn't. He liked having good tenants, and he didn't feel the need to wring every last dollar out of the unit. We can, as a society, choose to value people's ability to have affordable housing over permitting rentiers unlimited profits, without driving all rentiers into bankruptcy.)
posted by kristi at 1:14 PM on May 31, 2019


And in follow-up, the bill was passed into law.
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:23 AM on June 26, 2019


although sadly not Good Cause Eviction, but next session!
posted by The Whelk at 12:03 PM on June 26, 2019


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