commented on Guest Editorial: Now More than Ever, Seattle Must Welcome Upzones
Yes, let's add a ton of new "Innovation District" high-tech office buildings to one of the last economically diverse and affordable neighborhoods in Seattle. After all, that worked out so well for the former working class businesses and residents in South Lake Union.
commented on Despite Advocates' Proposal, Mayor Convenes Task Force to Talk Some More About Homeless Sweeps
Serious question - how much crap are homeless people supposed to be able to pile up before someone is allowed to do something with it. One mattress? Two? Three? Do clean up crews have to pick through a pile of needles to try and find someone's temporary ID that is buried in the same pile of what looks like garbage with them? These are not unreasonable concerns - and a lot of homeless folks are mentally ill and have hoarder-ish tendencies. Is each and every thing in that shopping cart a gem that must be preserved?
Service providers might want to help develop a system - red backpacks, clear ready-made signage, etc - that helps those tasked with these cleanups identify items that need to be saved. Perhaps the city should consider modular lockers that can be brought in by truck and placed in freeway right-of-ways where garbage is piling up that give folks the option (something reasonable - say a 2 x 3 foot space or something along those lines) of locking up essential items. But the trash problem is a real one, and service providers do themselves and their credibility no favors by pretending it isn't.
commented on Why State Senator Reuven Carlyle—a Democrat Representing Ballard—Won't Endorse Sound Transit 3
I generally dislike Carlyle (aka Neoliberal Charter School Tech Toady #1) but he's got stones to buck the D establishment on this - ST3 is WAY too expensive and WAY WAY too regressive.
(PS to the poster @1 - even though I think it would be an improvement if sales taxes were truly limited an income tax is NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER going to happen in WA. Did I say NEVER enough?)