Nov 18, 2015 aleks commented on Metro’s Convention Place Station Is History.
For us transit wonks, this is old news, and worth celebrating regardless. The tunnel barely has enough room for all the trains and buses that currently run there, and the complexity of joint operations (i.e. running both buses and trains in the same tunnel) contributes to delays and overcrowding. Once the tunnel is train-only, everything will run a lot more smoothly.

To #1's point, light rail already skips Convention Place Station. The buses that will move to the surface -- the 101, 102, 106, 150, and 255 -- will quite likely be extended to/through South Lake Union, providing an even shorter commute for Amazonians. (This is already happening for RapidRide C.) The tunnel will be much less crowded, because there will be fewer disparate routes -- every time a train arrives (every 3-4 minutes during peak), the platform will empty out completely.

Other routes (e.g. the 41, 71/72/73, and 550) are likely to be eliminated in favor of Link. But even then, there's a good chance that Metro will preserve peak express routes, and that those routes will reach South Lake Union as well. Only outside of peak hours will riders need to use Westlake instead of Convention Place. And even then, if they don't want to walk, they'll be able to ride the streetcar or the 70 directly to their destination.

(There's a separate question here: why doesn't Link stop at Convention Place? The answer is a complex mix of engineering and politics. Suffice it to say that Convention Place wasn't a realistic option. The real station we should be mourning is the one that should have been built at Bellevue & Pine.)
Jan 13, 2015 aleks commented on What We Learned at Yesterday's City vs. State Fight over Bertha's Rescue Pit.
@12: The original language was as follows:

"If we continue the current 'repair as we go' method of excavation, we significantly increase the risk of a catastrophic failure."

The revised language is:

"In summary, we believe that the untreated soil zones … will have a significant impact on the structural, geotechnical and hydraulic adequacy of the shaft structure."

Given the revision, it seems likely that the original letter -- which the council saw, and which Sawant surely read -- was referring to a catastrophic failure of the shaft structure.

I agree with you that a catastrophic failure of an unspecified system is not necessarily cause for alarm. But if a catastrophic failure of the shaft is possible -- and at least one person at WSDOT thought that it was -- then it seems completely unreasonable for Trepanier to insist that "There never has been, and there is currently not, any risk of failure". Losing the shaft *would* significantly impact the viability of fixing Bertha, and that is certainly, as Sawant suggests, "something of importance to the public".
Jul 19, 2014 aleks commented on A Quick Refresher on Who's Running, and Where, in the 2015 City Council Elections.
@26: The original commenter was thinking of Faye Garneau:…

I'm not commenting on the role she may or may not have played in the drawing of the map.
Jul 18, 2014 aleks commented on A Quick Refresher on Who's Running, and Where, in the 2015 City Council Elections.
It's worth noting that everyone currently on the council has won a citywide election. O'Brien has won twice; Licata has won four times. There's absolutely no reason they couldn't win again. Of course, the same is true for Clark and Burgess, but they don't have the SECB on their side...
Jul 18, 2014 aleks commented on A Quick Refresher on Who's Running, and Where, in the 2015 City Council Elections.
Sweet, I get to vote against both Sally Clark and Tim Burgess!
Jul 17, 2014 aleks commented on Alison Holcomb Vs. Kshama Sawant: Who's Got Your Hypothetical Vote?.
I'm not crazy about everything that Sawant has done. But she voted in favor of campaign finance reform. So she has my vote.

Would Holcomb vote in favor of campaign finance reform? Maybe, maybe not. A campaign statement, even a very good one, isn't the same as an actual, on-the-record vote. I can't justify voting out someone who is actively working towards fixing the single biggest problem with American politics.
Jul 16, 2014 aleks commented on If There Can Be Six Californias, There Could Be Two Washingtons.
There are no ideological fractures in Rhode Island.

My college mail room had a sign on the wall: "PLEASE PLACE MASSACHUSETTS MAIL IN THE IN-STATE MAILBOX". I think that sums up Rhode Island pretty well.
Mar 4, 2014 aleks commented on SL Letter of the Day: Reefer Madness.
Triggers don't always make sense. Some people are triggered by purple walls. Some people are triggered by living in a city, and other people are triggered by living in the woods. Some people are triggered by flying but have no problem with driving.

Unless alcohol use is actually a trigger for OP, this kind of tit-for-tat argument is not going to accomplish anything except making both partners angry and resentful. No one wants their spouse to call them a hypocrite.
Mar 4, 2014 aleks commented on SL Letter of the Day: Reefer Madness.
By the way, if you want a great way to ensure that your wife never goes to counseling, tell her that she should go because you want to smoke marijuana.

Counseling only works if you're bought in. No one wants to feel like someone else is judging their rate of therapeutic progress. To the contrary, what your wife needs from you is your unconditional love and support, and to know that you will not love her any less even if she's never comfortable with your drug use.
Mar 4, 2014 aleks commented on SL Letter of the Day: Reefer Madness.
For once, I disagree with Dan.

Some people have psychological triggers. They can be anything. That's just life. If you chose to marry this person, knowing that drug use was a trigger for her, then you owe it to her to respect that. That's just the compassionate and loving thing to do.