commented on The Morning News: GOP: Ben Carson Is My Kind of Nigger, Trump Wants Microsoft to Stop Giving Visas to South Asians
ST3 turned out much as I predicted: Despite all the billions of pandering useless hinterland nonsense contained therein, the proposition lost in East King, lost in South King, lost in Pierce. It squeaked by in Snohomish, but only thanks to voters in Lynnwood, who were assaulted by an active disinformation campaign and reportedly believed they had to pass ST3 just to retain the already-funded ST2 segments. Congrats on selling the same thing to the same population twice, at 3x the cost.
Again as predicted, ST untimately relied on a supermajority of Seattleites desperate for anything in order to force $54 billion worth of counter-best-practice mediocrity on the entire region. Seattle voting patterns precisely mirrored density statistics -- which (sadly) the planned Seattle lines do not, not even remotely.
So basically well-intentioned urban-identified people voted for a bunch of trains to nowhere, which they were fraudulently told )and desperately want to believe) will be easy to access and helpful for myriad stuff-of-life trips, but which all of established world precedent says will not.
Congrats on your "big win". Seattle will now suck to get around forever.
Nov 8, 2016
commented on What Will It Take for ST3 to Win?
Cressona, you literally just wrote that in a comment to Heidi's post on how Seattle needs a supermajority in order to force a plan upon other subareas that may emphatically reject it.
You'd be parody, if you weren't (sadly) par for the course for how ST3 has been politicked.
Nov 6, 2016
commented on Vote "Approved" on ST3 on November 8!
What Ross said.
Insisting that a rail plan is always good because a rail plan is always good, or that no better plan is possible because no better plan is possible, is the textbook definition of "tautological reasoning". Maybe you should look up that word before mocking its use. Illiteracy is rarely a good look.
As ever, Cressona, your character assassinations are counterfactual and your protestations flailing. Not bothering to read or process a historically-accurate rebuttal to your dogmatic insistences does not make your insistences any more true.
Nov 5, 2016
commented on Vote "Approved" on ST3 on November 8!
It isn't my problem that you can't read a fucking density map and have no idea how public transit works.
Craft a better plan after ST3 fails, or reach 2040 and you still can't go anywhere useful without a car after completing the single most expensive boondoggle ever undertaken by a city of middling size and lackluster urban form. Your choice.
Nov 1, 2016
commented on African Gyros and Chicken Skewers at Al Shukr Mini Market and Bakery
Good to know about the isolated-deli sambusas.
Gee... I wonder if there's anywhere in town that has lots and lots of delicious East African food. Perhaps within a "district" that is relatively "central", geographically speaking. Perhaps located within the largest swath of consistently-high population density in the state, and with myriad destinations and innumerable land uses within a radius of a few contiguously-built-up miles -- you know, the requisite ingredients for every successful example of mass transportation in the universe.
I wonder when that place will be less than 40 minutes from anywhere by public transportation!
Oct 21, 2016
commented on Why Do So Many ST3 Critics Want Buses When Trains Would Be Better and Cheaper?
Yes, yes, Cressona. Up is down. Black is white. Suburban is urban. Mediocrity is awesomeness. Most people/trips not being aided in the slightest is a home fucking run.
We get it. Trains = whee! You want trains from Redmond to Bothell
and from Sand Point to Issaquah. You can't be bothered to notice that no successful or even moderately useful transit system on the planet looks like that. It is beneath you to fathom that capital eventually runs out
-- even in cities whose unmet transit wish lists don't look like they were scrawled on the back of a Denny's placemat by someone who has never been to a city before -- and so just maybe
you should prioritize the kinds of investments that actually work.
And how many times do you have to be reminded that prior rejections of levy overreach have yielded better subsequent initiatives before you stop claiming that it's either this $54 billion of crap or nothing?
Sep 27, 2016
commented on A Tale of Two New Link Stations
In what universe is UW station "compact" or convenient? Much less a paragon of form gracefully following function?
I suppose it's compact compared to this
, if your sole source of comparison is "broadly-mocked architectural boondoggles culled from the internet." But even then it's hard to find a standalone in-city subway stop quite as preposterously sited and insulting to pedestrians trying to reach it as is the current northern Link terminus.
Has Charles traveled the urbanized world at all? Or has his career been a 20-year hoax orchestrated by an armchair traveler from deep within his Columbia City bungalow?