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May 29 cressona commented on John Roderick Thinks You Should Be Able to Take a Train From Ballard to Capitol Hill. Here's How He'd Do It..
I'm Cool @45: The old council needs to go and let some visionaries with realistic plans make Seattle better.

I kinda like this vision. Every four year, we can replace the old council with a new council consisting of visionaries with realistic plans. This way we'll always have visionaries and we'll always have realistic plans but we'll never have to get our hands dirty with the very uncool matter of actually building anything. The Seattle process as Groundhog Day.

The one prerequisite for this uniquely Seattle vision is that every new generation of councilmembers has to come in untainted by the corrupting influence of experience with, or knowledge of, any past plans to make our great city better.
May 29 cressona commented on John Roderick Thinks You Should Be Able to Take a Train From Ballard to Capitol Hill. Here's How He'd Do It..
Hanoumatoi @42, I'll agree with you to the extent that our RapidRide lines scarcely qualify as BRT. But if you're going to put RapidRide down for not being BRT, then what's your point in the context of this thread? Our BRT as we have now is still better than any streetcars we've built or will build.

There's something else that really bugs me about these candidates' proposal, besides just what a weak-tea solution streetcars are. And that's that people have been working and fighting and expending political energy on these transit issues for years. And out of that long struggle we're finally on the cusp of (A) opening a light rail extension that will give subway-like performance and (B) building out the next generation of light rail.

And yet here these dudes come out of nowhere, they've made no past attempts to build credibility on these issues, and like Moses from the mountaintop, they deign to bestow their supposedly superior solution on the rest of us. I don't know, maybe next Mr. Roderick can give us his 10-point plan on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I'm sure he's just as up on that issue. If these guys had any perspective or humility (if they had a fucking clue), they'd take a look at some of the serious proposals that have had a chance to take their licks and latch on to them.
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May 28 cressona commented on John Roderick Thinks You Should Be Able to Take a Train From Ballard to Capitol Hill. Here's How He'd Do It..
Newintown @26, if arriving quicker is paramount, then why the hell not just do more BRT? I do appreciate your admitting, however, that this proposal is a half a loaf.

And how do I know that the North King money won't get swallowed up by West Seattle? Because studies have repeatedly shown that there's greater ridership potential from downtown to Ballard than from downtown to West Seattle. Combine that with the reality that downtown to Ballard should be less expensive. And even that either-or is predicated on there not being funding to do the entire westside corridor of the planned monorail Green Line.

Oh, and the word is "predominantly," not "predominately."
May 28 cressona commented on John Roderick Thinks You Should Be Able to Take a Train From Ballard to Capitol Hill. Here's How He'd Do It..
Hutch @13:
But it's refreshing to see candidates willing to push the envelope and be proactive about the terrible lack of transit in the city rather than sitting on their hands and asserting that waiting around for ST3 to fix things in 2028 is a viable solution.

This region has a long history of making mind-numbingly shortsighted transit decisions because, "omigod, 12 years is just sooo far in the future."

The only thing "refreshing" about the bill of goods that these challengers are selling is that they're challengers, they're new, they're a change, and they haven't had the opportunity to get into office and show what BS their platform is.

Exhibit A. Mike McGinn and his "back of the napkin" campaign proposal (if you can even call it a proposal) about going it alone on light rail.
May 28 cressona commented on John Roderick Thinks You Should Be Able to Take a Train From Ballard to Capitol Hill. Here's How He'd Do It..
@14-- and when ST 3 comes down and Seattle gets 1/2 a loaf (light rail to West Seattle junction, a streetcar to Ballard, and no West Side Transit tunnel-- what is Plan B?


Yeah, why wait for 2016 to settle for half a loaf when we can enthusiastically get on the John Roderick half-a-loaf bandwagon right now?
May 28 cressona commented on John Roderick Thinks You Should Be Able to Take a Train From Ballard to Capitol Hill. Here's How He'd Do It..
Sounds like another Mike McGinn “back of the napkin” rail plan. In other words, sounds like a joke. And please, can we stop talking about streetcars as THE ANSWER to our mass transit needs? Streetcars are nothing more than a complementary compromise. Yeah, they sound good as penciled-in proposals, but then actually try being a regular rider.

For anyone who’s serious about this city’s desperate need for more mass transit, there’s only one game in town. And that’s Sound Transit 3. And at this time we should be applying all our political energy to getting the legislature to authorize the $15 billion that Sound Transit is requesting, and then to pressure ST to put a no-nonsense, grade-separated-through-downtown westside Seattle light rail corridor on the ballot in 2016. ST2 passed in the political climate of 2008, and 2016 is that much more conducive.

Oh, and not surprised to see this dilettante dude has gotten McGinn’s endorsement. And to think I used to be a McGinn supporter.
May 28 cressona commented on You Know That One Thing You're Not Allowed to Talk About? That's the Subject of Akio Takamori's Ceramics.
James Harris show sounds like a must-see. To me, Akio Takamori is a superstar. Such a distinctive style, but always fresh, never quite stuck getting repetitive or self-derivative. I'm usually a bit shocked or disturbed or amused by his works. Sometimes they're somewhere between creepy and cute.

Confession though. As someone who only knows so many artists strictly from seeing their work in museums and galleries, I always assumed Akio Takamori was a woman. Never occurred to me otherwise.
May 22 cressona commented on Even More Restaurants That Are Opening in Seattle This Year.
From the Seattle Met story about FlintCreek Cattle Co. coming to Greenwood: "Not to mention a neighborhood full of great spots (Naked City, Coyle's Bakeshop, the Yard, and Teacher's Lounge) but needing a cornerstone restaurant...." I take exception to the characterization that Greenwood lacks a cornerstone restaurant. Olive & Grape and Razzi's immediately come to mind. The only "cornerstone-y" hole that FlintCreek will be filling is to occupy that brick building on the corner of 85th and Greenwood.

This exception noted, I consider this a positive development, even if the menu is too meat-centric for my own tastes.
May 21 cressona commented on The Morning News: Is It Safe to Call This Man a Rocker? Plus, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Bill Is on the Move..
Alden @5, you have the perfect comeback to tkc's do-it-yo'selves answer to climate change @4.

I know that, with my own personal lifestyle decisions, I do whatever I can to keep my carbon footprint low. But I realize that all I'm really doing, at a minuscule level, is to make fossil fuels cheaper for some other schmuck who doesn't give a damn about "the world" or "the future." So it's a wash. The only true solutions have nothing to do with individual consumer choices; they're political. Even so, I'm going to continue with the individual consumer choices that my conscience can live with.

FYI for those interested. The Carbon Tax Center, which promotes a revenue-neutral carbon tax, has an intriguing new post on its blog, Arctic Oil vs. Carbon Tax? It’s Not Even…
May 20 cressona commented on São Paulo Prepares for Water Riots with US SWAT Training.
No water? To paraphrase Marie Antoinette, "Let them drink wine."
 

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