A child's dresser drawer gets the Konmari treatment.
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A child's dresser drawer gets the Konmari treatment.

But does it spark joy?

In the battle for our consumerist souls: between Amazon and Marie Kondo, who will triumph? Mandatory housing affordability is not without its critics. And when you picture an environmentalist: who do you see?

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Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo’s fame in the US has gone from respectable book sales to a dynasty and a way of life, on the backs of the television show “The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up.” The Stranger’s staff writer Nathalie Graham has recently Konmari’d; Carolyn Adolph of KUOW’s podcast Prime(d) says Amazon has many wiles to suck us right back into consumerism.

Mandatory Housing Affordability

After more than four years of debating – and 200 community meetings – the Seattle City Council is expected to vote this month on a policy called Mandatory Housing Affordability. It would upzone 27 neighborhoods, and create new requirements for newly built housing. Councilmember Rob Johnson chairs the MHA committee; Roger Valdeze, director of Seattle for Growth, believes that the program will worsen Seattle’s housing crisis.

Tania Tam Park

Picture an environmentalist. You may be imagining someone with unkempt hair, Teva sandals – possibly in a kayak. Chances are that you’re also imagining someone white. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Equity & Community Engagement Manager Tania Tam Park agrees that that’s the dominant narrative. But she says that the environmental movement has been erasing communities of color for ages, just because their involvement may not have looked like city-ordained composting in green bins.