pbelamy
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Jul 18, 2013 pbelamy commented on City Proposes Waterfront Highway on Top of Tunnel.
@45 The bus tunnel is great, and if we could get more of that I'm all for it. But even the bus tunnel exits to surface streets, and plenty of busses still move through downtown at all hours of the day.

You lost me with the Seneca intersection. What's wrong with a sidewalk? Or a promenade? Or a buffer to keep bad Seattle drivers (and tourists) from running over pedestrians?

Seeing as how the point of a waterfront is to be on the waterfront, I don't see the problem with having a big strip running along the piers for people to walk up and down, which also pushes the traffic (and noise) further away.
Jul 18, 2013 pbelamy commented on City Proposes Waterfront Highway on Top of Tunnel.
@25 I mostly agree with what you're saying, except for one thing: this is a Street and Transit Update developed by, one would think, traffic engineers. Their job is to manage traffic, not create neighborhoods.

Now that isn't to say they couldn't work around a different objective if one was presented, but I don't think any part of the viaduct replacement plan included construction of new buildings and mass rezoning of the area. The plan was to build a tunnel, tear down the viaduct, and update Alaskan Way.

I think they can get away with removing a lane or two, but more than that and you'll be losing transit or ferry lanes, both of which would impact traffic of all other lanes (as well as traffic through the downtown corridor). Since there aren't dedicated lanes for mass transit throughout Seattle any failure point would cascade through surrounding areas which is bad for everyone.

@35 Yep. From a general sense, any area where people will actually congregate only has four lanes.
Jul 18, 2013 pbelamy commented on City Proposes Waterfront Highway on Top of Tunnel.
After looking through the report (page 38 & 39), the top image of this post is not showing nine lanes of traffic, but actually: 2 lanes of transit, 4 lanes of general purpose, 2 lanes of ferry loading/parking, and 1 lane of general parking. And that's only for King to Yesler; Yesler to Madison would have 4-8 lanes, and Madison to Pine would have 6 (and there are never more than 4 lanes of general purpose through the whole route).

You'll also notice the dedicated bike lanes that are separated from motor vehicles.

I'm not advocating for a huge street, but did any of you think they'd be getting rid of Alaskan Way in addition to the viaduct? The plan itself looks pretty similar to how the street is now, just updated with more thought to traffic flow.

The street still needs to exist, especially for all of the ferry traffic.
Jul 15, 2013 pbelamy commented on On Italian Food in Burien.
FWIW the Vince's location in Renton is just as good as the Renton Ave location was, in my experience. Not in Burien, but just giving more props to Vince's.
Jul 12, 2013 pbelamy commented on Local Journalist Hides Phrase In Story.
"Oh, uck." - Lewis Kamb after seeing the article post online.
Jun 20, 2013 pbelamy commented on Can I Just Talk for a Minute About How Much I Dislike the Supreme Court?.
That should say "hold the important ones to the end" not "move". Don't know what happened to my keyboard there.
Jun 20, 2013 pbelamy commented on Can I Just Talk for a Minute About How Much I Dislike the Supreme Court?.
Serious question: isn't it a good PR move to keep people paying attention to all the seemingly less important cases and hold the important ones to the move? Not "to ensure that everyone's attention is focused on the Court for the maximum amount of time" but to ensure the attention is on the cases?

I'd love for them to tackle the major cases, but I think it's a good idea for them to decide the lesser cases first while everyone's eyes are on them, because every single case SCOTUS decides is a big deal.
Jun 14, 2013 pbelamy commented on Dear Elliott Bay Books: Please Be Open the Hours You're Open.
You're complaining because a bookstore was closed three minutes early? GTFO.

The rest of your post is actually right on point, but it's all negated by the fact that you're acting like a dick over three minutes.
Feb 19, 2013 pbelamy commented on "Slow the Fuck Down" Bill Passes in the House.
I'm pretty sure that drivers are going to speed on non-arterials no matter what the speed limit is. This is a good idea in abstract, but I don't think it will make any sort of difference.
Feb 8, 2013 pbelamy commented on Facebook Is Trying to Reinvent the Emoticon.
In answer to your questions, Paul...

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