Sep 19 G g commented on Seattle Subway: Think ST3 Is Too Expensive? Check Your Seattle Times Subscription.
@4, what does the city have to do with this? We're voting for a Sound Transit proposal, not an SDOT proposal. Sound Transit, since it was reorganized way over a decade ago, has an outstanding track record of building quality infrastructure on-time (often early!) and under-budget. And if you're complaining about residents of Seattle (I'm sorry you feel that way), not Seattle government entities, well then...Seattleites are a minority of the Sound Transit Region, so there ya go.
Sep 19 G g commented on Seattle Subway: Think ST3 Is Too Expensive? Check Your Seattle Times Subscription.
@3, There is no "better proposal", and your "thoughtful concerns" about funding source changes would have been just that several years ago (or even, still, a year ago), but voicing them now reveals you as simply someone who is against transit and has decided to concern-troll against it instead of being honest and openly arguing why you're against transit. ST3 wasn't created in a black box, it was created over years with nearly unprecedented levels of transparent public input (look it up!). Voting against the package sets us back years. It's not perfect because different people and communities have different needs, and different levels of government have different restrictions on funding sources. But within the restrictions our region has, this is the best package we will see, and it truly will help everyone in the region, either by providing transit access in their community, or by reducing congestion from their driving commute due to other people choosing transit. It is so important that this passes if our region wants to prosper for decades to come.
Sep 10 G g commented on Even With City Help, 23rd Avenue Businesses Still Struggling Amidst Construction.
@3: Catalina -- the information you provide is correct, and south of Union traffic is open both ways. But the intersection of Union/23rd is still a total cluster (I live within a block of there and walk by and see it every day). Cars are being detoured off 23rd at Union, and I see why the businesses are still struggling. That block still very much feels like a construction zone.
Sep 10 G g commented on Crude Anti-Obama Stickers Seen on Lockers During Tour of Police North Precinct.
@25. you didn't read the article/link that @19 provided. Or, rather, you stopped reading after the first point (in my opinion, a minor point relative to the later points) that states job-related police deaths are less common than they used to be. Keeep reading. (Hint: the part where it says homicide rates of cops are similar to rates of the general population -- that's the real stat; also worth reading: job-related deaths for cops are suuuuuper low compared to many other common professions.)
Sep 6 G g commented on New Poll Shows Pramila Jayapal Leading Brady Walkinshaw in Congressional Race.
If that's the poll she chose to share, it's certainly the best one of the bunch for her. And why is the poll coming out now that it's coming up on a month old?
Sep 6 G g commented on New Poll Shows Pramila Jayapal Leading Brady Walkinshaw in Congressional Race.
@6, you're wrong on all counts. 1) Brady has lots of endorsements, you chose two that fit your narrative. 2) he has proven himself with working across the aisle in the state house, which is at least as polarized as the US congress. In Brady's case, "working across the aisle" does not mean moderate; he is at least as progressive as Jayapal. 3) HE CAUCUSED FOR BERNIE (you don't know what you're talking about!!!)
Jul 25 G g commented on Seattle Times Repeats the Myth that Skyrocketing Rents in Seattle Caused Supply and Demand.
@2 is absolutely right. Demand is higher right now in Seattle, and apartments are fully rented, so rent is increasing rapidly. It would be increasing even more rapidly if we were building new units at a slower rate. It's true that major housing construction projects in Seattle are funded by multinational corporations with shareholders that have no idea they're investing in homes on *that block* in *our city* (this is new...even a decade or two ago our construction was funded by local investors). That's a problem because it leads the corporations to only care about profit, happily at the expense of building quality, neighborhood livability, existing tenants or anything else...which is why regulations (more regulations!) are SO important today. It is also true that home and property purchase costs (not to be conflated with rental costs, as this article seems to do) in places like Vancouver, Canada are artificially high because foreign investors simply want a tool for storing millions of dollars in a currency other than their own. But in Seattle we aren't seeing blocks of empty homes like you see in Vancouver, which is what would indicate that a stashing of foreign capitol is what is driving our single family and condo home values up. We're not seeing that. But this article claims to be about rising rents, not the cost of property, and these are two very different things. The apartment buildings that financial markets are investing in don't set the rental prices -- if they weren't full then rents would stall or decrease -- and the "black swan" occurrence in this particular case would be caused by supply going up and/or demand going down for housing, prices following, and then the over-leveraged multinational corporations lose their stock value in a dramatic crash. That's honestly not a terrible outcome for the renters of Seattle, who will then have more housing stock overall and cheaper rents.
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Jul 8 G g commented on What Might Help Is Decriminalizing Minor Offences That Increase Encounters Between Cops and Blacks.
If helmets become non-required, then we can't expect future fatal bike accidents involving cars to result in life-ruining consequences for the driver. This isn't a defense of cars -- I'd vote to phase them out entirely within cities, and then we can choose to not wear helmets. But until that happens, it's the reality we live in: bikes and cars -- two things that should never co-exist in the same space -- are side-by-side, and accidents are inevitable. As long as that continues to be the case, it is completely reasonable to require cyclists to take a minimum step towards preserving the integrity of their skull!
May 27 G g commented on Sound Transit 3 Changes: Light Rail Projects Could Open Faster.
@15: you took the analogy too far. I was not calling light rail a toy, and I think you're the only one that read it that way. The truth is, we will not get rail faster by voting no on this plan. We may get it faster than this plan by voting yes and then having Seattle add additional segments on its own concurrently, or by electing a congress and president that is willing to fund infrastructure (or a state government that is willing to stop prioritizing roads), but we cannot go back in time and grab our grandparents by the scruff and tell them to vote yes on Forward Thrust. Going back in time is the only way you're going to get the outcome you, specifically, want (i.e. light rail faster than we get it by voting yes on ST3 -- let alone the much, much faster you say you expect). We can't vote "no" and go back to the drawing board and expect faster results. We can't wait for the political climate to be just right to get this done immediately (honestly, this is the best political climate for passing this that we may see in our lifetimes: the whole region recognizes the crisis of traffic congestion, the region is growing, the region just saw recent successes with our light rail, and the economy is strong so there is appetite for spending). This is our best opportunity. And passing it does not eliminate the possibility of taking advantage of an advantageous change in federal or state policy, rather it positions us to be able to take advantage of it if and when it happens.
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