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Jul 8 cressona commented on The Best Food I Failed to Write About in the First Half of 2016.
Some wonderful restaurant writing, Angela, just as I've come to expect from you.

You've made me resolve to hop on a light rail train and check out Bar Del Corso, and that's not a place I would have otherwise been motivated to visit. I'm with you on the value of "the restaurants that are built to last." I value Seattle as a city where you can keep coming back to your favorite neighborhood restaurants year after year, not as a city with a hot restaurant openings scene. And when I do go to a new restaurant (like No Bones Beach Club, which you recently reviewed), it's with an eye to coming back there. (In the case of No Bones Beach Club, mission accomplished.
Jun 23 cressona commented on Why Sound Transit Spends Money on Marketing.
Some much-needed perspective from Mr. Mudede. A dear friend of mine who lives on the Eastside has told me she's never taken Link light rail. A very enlightened and cultured person by the way. And it's not that she's averse to it in any way; it's that she simply has never considered it.

There is a generational aspect to this, and in a good way. Millennials are far more open to riding transit than Baby Boomers or even Gen-Xers. I'm sure part of that is the revival of urban living; another part is sheer economic necessity.
Jun 14 cressona commented on How Seattle Took Forever to Build a Very Fast Light Rail Line.
d.p. @11, I think that's an excellent summary of how you have clearly won this latest argument and proved to any readers of this comment thread what a ridiculous misadventure ST3 is. I'm sure you'll be winning many more such arguments with fools like me in the coming months as the November ballot approaches.

I have to admit, though, despite your cohesive and convincing arguments, I'm still pretty darn excited about the transportation direction Seattle's going in. It may not be the perfect direction, but we'd be hard-pressed to find another metropolitan area in the United States (as opposed to an idealized simulation of the United States) that's making better progress with transit than Seattle is now. Of course, that's only my own uninformed opinion, but that uninformed opinion is enough to make me optimistic about this region's future.
Jun 14 cressona commented on How Seattle Took Forever to Build a Very Fast Light Rail Line.
d.p. @9, another thing I appreciate about your continued principled anti-transit advocacy is that you don't resort to insults or personal attacks to make your point.

And even though I don't recall defending "Fife, Issaquah, Interbay, and the Duwamish Delta as some sort of planners' dream," etc. etc., you're clearly a lot smarter than I am, so I'll trust your recollection of what I've written over my own recollection. And I'm sure, even if I had defended those specific sitings, I didn't do so nearly so articulately as you have recounted on my behalf.

I do hope in your new home on the East Coast you're getting out there and meeting new people and gracing them with your winning personality. Sure, it will take time away from doing your part to selflessly help us benighted souls back here in woeful Seattle, but you do deserve a little "you time" too.
Jun 14 cressona commented on How Seattle Took Forever to Build a Very Fast Light Rail Line.
d.p. @7, the taxpayers of the greater Puget Sound region are equally grateful for your vigilance that their tax dollars are spent wisely. I realize you don't need to do it, now that you're living on the other side of the continent. I mean it's really wonderful of you. And I'm sure the ST3 "No" campaign could use an out-of-towner with such pure and genuine motives as you, not to mention someone like you who's clearly smarter than the idiots at Sound Transit.
Jun 14 cressona commented on How Seattle Took Forever to Build a Very Fast Light Rail Line.
d.p. @5, the good people of First Hill and Fremont are grateful for your selfless concern for their welfare.
Jun 14 cressona commented on How Seattle Took Forever to Build a Very Fast Light Rail Line.
pain au levain @1: Portland's system has its flaws but they had their first line running 30 years ago. A train on the rails is worth two colored lines on a map.

Um, until those two colored lines on a map cease to be just colored lines on a map, and then it's no contest. Forgive me for being someone who, having ridden Portland's MAX many times, is thankful that Sound Transit, however imperfectly, has been trying to build a light rail system that's more metro-like than streetcar-like.
Jun 8 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: What Seattle Can Do to Make Light Rail Happen Years Faster.
dvs99 @10, I'm just as disappointed as you are by Sound Transit's decision to run at-grade through MLK. But I don't believe the initial Sound Move ballot measure promised better and then Sound Transit went and downgraded the alighnment to at-grade. The ballot measure itself was a disappointment. From an old document I dug up on the Sound Transit site:
The first segment will be a line south between downtown Seattle and the airport serving the Rainier Valley area. That part of the system will be built primarily on aerial structures and on the surface through southeast Seattle.

Again, I don't believe there's a precedent for Sound Transit presenting grade-separated as its preferred alignment for a segment on a ballot measure and then downgrading that segment to at-grade after the measure had passed.
Jun 7 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: What Seattle Can Do to Make Light Rail Happen Years Faster.
MikeWB @6, when, pray tell, have these "grave 'grade-separation' compromises" you speak of happened before?

I can't speak to how the service levels Sound Transit puts on the ballot may or may not be legally binding, but the agency's history has been for budget shortfalls to cut short the amount of line they're building, not to compromise the quality of the line. There's a reason that, despite the big budget blow-up of the early 2000s, we're looking at a delayed UW and Capitol Hill subway rather than a UW and Capitol Hill extension running at street level.

Also, let's just keep in mind that, after they had to call a mulligan in the early 2000s and revise their whole budget, Sound Transit has been running under-budget. Add in that they have some institutional experience estimating the costs of these projects and with accounting for things not going as planned. So it's hard for me to look at ST3 and fear that they're being too risky in their optimism.
Jun 5 cressona commented on Sound Transit Board Approves Changes to ST3 to Speed Up Light Rail Projects.
d.p. @21, yes, yes, we know. ST3 is the worst-designed transit expansion in human history. You're eminently smarter and more honest than Peter Rogoff and Dow Constantine. We look forward to you and Ross continuing to make those points clear in the coming months until Election Day 2016, even if it requires posting a message at 2:34 AM Eastern time.

The thing is, the points you're making are nothing new, and you and people like you would be making them no matter what Sound Transit put forward, even if they put forward a plan designed by the novices at Seattle Transit Blog. The only well-designed mass transit system is no mass transit system.

Now you're welcome to have the last word.