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commented on Black Kids in White Houses
The current young generation is headed forward a post-racial society, and will succeed, as long as us cantankerous, bitter old fogeys don't fuck it up for them.
Of course, that assumes any of us actually WANTS a post-racial society. And I'm starting to think an awful lot of us don't. And boy, does that suck.
So much for one man's dream. We could have it, if we'd quit bickering.
commented on King County Executive: Metro and Sound Transit Should "Act As One"
The whole Washington model of separate transit systems for each county is the most cockamamie thing I've ever experienced. Adding a sort of "overlay" system only makes things more ridiculous.
Dump CT, MT, and PT, and have only ST cover them all. (And dump that retarded subarea equity crap.)
commented on How Amazon Buys Seattle's Silence
Amazon has merely monetized what Google was going to make an eventuality anyway. E-books expand the availability of literature to more people and with less effort; libraries would be all about it, if not for the DRM and other hidden costs, and they still somewhat are despite that. And besides, books kill trees. How can Seattle say no to trees? It's much more a crunchy eco-green city than it is a dusty crackly paper city.
commented on Screw Comcast and CenturyLink
I thought those meters sent their signals directly back over the same power wires they are metering.
I don't understand the whole discussion of needing another solution. You've already got freaking wires right there.
Alternatively, slip a SIM in there and work out a deal with a cellular provider.
commented on Blocking Microsoft Vans Won't Make Seattle More Affordable
Their message is inconsistent in that they oppose Microsoft's enabling of workers living in Cap Hill putting pressure on limited supply leading to price increases.... and then urge you to STOP DEVELOPMENT... which ALSO puts pressure on limited supply by... limiting supply!
Development is the answer, not the problem. There's only so many $1,000 studio condos the market can bear. If anything, the solution shouldn't be to stop development, but to demand lots and lots of it, releasing the pressure on the supply. Developers generally (well, in theory) only develop to the point of maximum ROI, but from the perspective of keeping living costs reasonable, development needs to happen *beyond* that point. Which is why public projects tend to be needed to make that happen.
Of course, if land values go up, as they will, it could be a zero-sum game. Which means it's BETTER to develop EARLIER than LATER before land values shoot up further.