Here you go, writer CW Nevius becomes a guide for your ride through the gritty 6th and Market area – he’s been in Pentonville and he’s been in Battersea, he’s your Sightsee M.C:
1. If this is about the good, the not bad and the ugly of CW Nevius, let’s start with the Good. Check out these quotes:
“In the sunshine and rainbows world of Mayor Ed Lee…”
“…much-promised revitalization of Mid-Market.”
These are very un-Nevius. Could you imaging mayoral spokesmodel Christine Falvey ever taking this kind of tone when discussing our Dear Leader? I can’t. So this column is the rare instance of the Nevius holding a perspective from outside our reigning political establishment. These lines are in no way beat sweeteners / source greasers and that’s refreshing.
2. Instead of Nevius getting quotes from people in the Mid-Market and then holding those statements out as facts, here he generally lets the quotes speak for themselves. This is what reporters should be doing, so let’s classify that as Not Bad.
3. Now, it’s time for a little Ugly. Here comes the dogmatic Nevius with completely unsupported statements:
“It’s a fascinating moment in Mid-Market. We’re either reaching a critical tipping point, with new construction and businesses driving the revival, or smacking futilely into the familiar dynamic of poverty, drugs and scary sidewalk theater.”
“Because Mid-Market won’t change until the corner of Jones and Market changes.”
So, what makes 2014 different from 2013 or 2011 or 2007 or 1999 or any other year in the history of Mid-Market? That’s not stated. And where’s the support for the purported Malcolm Gladwell-esque “tipping point?” It’s like Chuck is sitting in a bar pontificating about how if the Giants hire some new pitcher they’ll either win the World Series or they’ll have the worst record in the Division. Doesn’t really make sense, huh? Perhaps, just perhaps, Mid-Market might just muddle through with some changes here and there and later on 2014 wont be seen as some watershed moment? Well, that probability simply isn’t allowed for in Nevius-land.
And what makes Market and Jones the supposed linchpin intersection out of all the others in the area? Again, the Neve doesn’t even offer a theory.
That’s the good, the not bad, and the ugly of CW Nevius on the topic of the Mid-Market of 2014.