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Apr 16 bgix commented on A Neighborhood Group Was Mapping Where Homeless People Live—Until I Asked Them About It.
I don't think there is any question that the Stranger is biased (although "Fox-News-Like" seems an odd juxtaposition... perhaps "MSNBC-like"?) But the question they raise is still valid: Does publicizing the locations of homeless do more harm to them (the homeless) than it provides benefit to homeowners? And even if it provides "more benefit than harm", then shouldn't we at least consider that the homeless are already in a shitty situation to begin with, and even minor harm becomes magnified in comparison.
Apr 15 bgix commented on A Neighborhood Group Was Mapping Where Homeless People Live—Until I Asked Them About It.
Ugh. NextDoor.

It occasionally has useful info, but seems to be largely filled with people who don't want to pay their taxes... They will complain about people living in their cars, and then blame the Housing Levy for the taxes on their million dollar homes.
Mar 21 bgix commented on The Seattle Times Editorial Board Wants More Parking Around Light Rail Stations.
For people wanting to commute into and out of Seattle, I don't have a problem supplying parking.... This means:
Northgate Park-n-Ride
Tukwilla Park-and-Ride
Maybe Angle Lake (not sure what that is).

For those of us living *in* Seattle, get your ass on a bus.
Mar 16 bgix commented on The Making of the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station.
My opinion of Christopher Frizzle decreased dramatically when I read "As someone morally opposed to any transit that takes up space on the already-congested road and ding-dings, I'm with Chang on this one."
Jan 29 bgix commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Debt and the Maiden.
Also, if the LW's girlfriend didn't lie, then I think she was probably "willfully ignorant" as to the amount of debt she had. And I'm not sure that lying to yourself is any better than lying to you "house buying partner".
Jan 29 bgix commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Debt and the Maiden.
I feel physically ill just thinking about this... Not because I went through it, but because I have two kids in college. $170K is the size of a home mortgage in most places... You need $60K/yr or more annual income to service that beast, and so around $100K/yr to carry that *plus* a modest house.

I think what Dan is saying is that LW probably already knows the Yes or No to his question, and no one can make that decision for him. When I bought my house with my then-girlfriend, I did the calculus of things like a failed relationship etc (particularly because I was bringing the entire down payment to the table) and decided love was more important than some mythical "equal financial situation", yet I may very well have balked if she had been carrying a debt at least twice my yearly income.... at least my girlfriend (now wife) was debt free.
Jan 28 bgix commented on You're New to Town? We're Glad You're Here! We Can Finally Do Something About....
As a strong corollary to the 4-way-stop rule, is that *EVERYONE* should take the right-of-way when it is theirs. I usually walk, but I am occasionally driving, and nothing mucks things up like a pedestrian with clear right-of-way (like, out in the street obviously waiting to cross) stopped and waving cars by, while the car is also stopped waiting for the ped to clear the intersection.

Things work best when all cars/bikes/peds/uni-wheel-what-evers take their turn when everyone knows it's their turn.
Jan 26 bgix commented on First Hill Streetcar Is Slow but Aesthetically Satisfying.
Now, when March 19th comes I'll be flyin'
Jan 26 bgix commented on First Hill Streetcar Is Slow but Aesthetically Satisfying.
Yeah, I found that it cut off 10 minutes from my (somewhat brisk) walk from the Capitol Hill terminal to my work at 5th & Jackson the morning, riding at about 8am.

It did not make up for the 15 minutes I spent waiting for it.
Jan 22 bgix commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Who's Your Survey Monkey? I'm Your Survey Monkey!.
Hmm... I voted, but I am also unsure about what it will measure. The question could almost be asked: What is more important to me -- the pain I am feeling, or the pain you might feel.

Which sounds an awful lot like an exercise in Narcissism.