commented on Seattle's Neighborhood Councils Are Exclusionary, Self-Interested "Cartels," and the City Wants to Cut Ties with Them
Increasing density only helps affordability if the new units are affordable. Developers aren't building affordable buildings, only the few units they're required to. Nor do they build larger apartments for families. Unless we want to have a high turnover rate as people move away to have kids, we need to address this.
The new construction looks at best like people warehouses, and at worst like some Soviet people's nightmare housing, built with an eye towards squeezing out every inch of usable space as cheaply as possible. Couldn't we try to build in ways that complement Seattle's unique beauty and architectural styles?
The neighborhood councils and Murray need to find some middle ground they can agree on, instead of digging trenches and lobbing media grenades at each other. And the architectural design committee for the city needs to either grow a backbone or get new members who aren't afraid to make developers follow guidelines.
commented on I, Anonymous
@15 I've lived on the Hill on and off since 1980. Do I get the right to complain what a cesspool it's become, then?
commented on Seattle's Food Scene Just Got Less Weird and Interesting
I think part of the problem may be that the crowds moving into SLU are frequently out-of-town hires at big tech companies, and what we consider ordinary pub grub here in Seattle may be wildly adventurous for them. That said, I've been drinking Cody's beer since well before Gastropod, and I'll continue going there and enjoying the beer and food, even if the food is less adventurous.
commented on ShotSpotter Sounds Great, but Does It Reduce Gun Violence?
It sounds as if the technology isn't there yet, or simply isn't implemented in this setup. With that many false positives, it's going to be the microphones that cried wolf, keeping cops from doing other things to investigate, or burning them out on it so that they ignore it entirely.
The lack of transparency from the company and the need for a subscription makes it sound like a real money pit, and pretty useless. I say this as someone living in a neighborhood with a lot of "actual" shots fired.
commented on Thank You for a Funky Time
Wow, Prince looks whiter than me in that illustration. That's a bit disturbing. He was a beautiful man and doesn't deserve that whitewash job.