commented on I, Anonymous
@2 Completely agree. No one is forced to sell, and if you are in a pinch and need a quick sale, you're most likely glad rich house flippin' assholes like that are there for you! I too write this as a Seattle native.
commented on Savage Love
I never really understand why all the commenters feel the need to provide their advice to all the letter writers each week. As if someone is writing in and thinking, "I hope Dan prints my letter, especially so I can get all kinds of amature advice from a bunch of armchair advice columnists!" It's not like when you read an interview you then see comments on it from people saying, "Well here are the questions I would have asked."
commented on A Trans Person Was Attacked on Capitol Hill on Wednesday
@33 Wow. You really missed the point. Do you think after 9/11 we should have abolished American flags too? Wouldn't want to give anyone more targets. Everything should be boring and gray and we should all go run and hide, not band together and show that we aren't afraid.
commented on BMW Just Launched A New Car Sharing Service In Seattle
@2, 10, 12: Just because the cars that are given up by people who switch to car sharing don't vaporize into thin air, doesn't mean that car sharing doesn't equal less cars on the road.
If 9000 people sell their cars, sure they might go to others that will drive them, but that's still 9000 cars that won't be purchased elsewhere, some new, some used, by those other drivers. It's like any other consumer buying trend, one person no longer buying meat doesn't save a cow, but if enough people join the movement, at the end of the year the manufacturers go, "sales were down 10,000 last year, so let's make 5,000 less this year" - every bit helps.
Think of it this way: Imagine my neighbor and I have opposite work schedules so we decide to share one car instead of each owning one. Sure we may each drive the same amount but that's at least one less car parked on our street. Now imagine that on a much larger scale.
A lot of people walk/bike/bus and only need to drive occasionally, so they use car sharing services because they can, instead of having to keep a car parked somewhere all the time for just occasional use. Without these services there would be a lot more car owners. Car2go cars also take up a lot less space and are much more fuel efficient, so there's that benefit as well.