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Sep 7 nullbull commented on The Cost of Light Rail Will Be Cheap in the Long Run.
d.p. thinks that Fife today and Fife 20 years or 50 years from now, when the train is still paying off, will be essentially the same thing, even with transit. Same with Issaquah.

There was a time when we built 50-year infrastructure by considering the demand for that infrastructure OVER 50 YEARS rather than RIGHT NOW. As if the development and economic landscape over the life of the transit system will be static, rendering the investment "a waste" over the life of the infrastructure. Which, of course, it won't.

The "AVs are just like smartphones" is a silly comparison. The complexity, infrastructure, and stakes are way higher. We still accept dropped calls as a feature of smart phones - the equivalent in an AV is BEST CASE getting abandoned somewhere and WORST CASE fire, carnage, and death. The stakes and requirements are radically different - no comparison. And even if you do believe they will change everything, then they'll do so by assuring that a huge portion of the population doesn't own a car at all. And unless you'd like to shine that crystal ball of yours to such a degree to guarantee that the per-trip cost of AVs will undercut mass transit for all consumers making choices about how to travel, you'll see that there is a place of ST3 far into the future.
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Sep 5 nullbull commented on Phyllis Schlafly.
This will happen to more and more conservative leaders. Nothing but kooks and buffoons waiting to take their places.
Aug 3 nullbull commented on Seattle Beats Atlanta in Cars Per Household.
This car ownership rate is more a reflection of personal financial and logistical choices than city design. People FEEL like it's worth the money it costs to own an AWD car 365 days a year for the < 10 times a year they go into the mountains and "require" AWD. Or, they have that AWD car, and another, separate "city" car which might be smaller but probably isn't. Americans feel this is worth the money. That the logistics of their lives demand the expenditure of all those payments and insurance and gas and maintenance. For most, it's an illusion. But they're obsessed by it.
Jul 7 nullbull commented on Baker Refuses to Make a Cake for a Same-Sex Couple.
I just thought it was all cakes and gays. She could've just ordered a bunch of birthday cookies and it would have been fine. Or carrot cake... Because... I mean... Does it really even count as cake. According to Jesus anyway?
Jul 7 nullbull commented on Morning News: Black Man Hunting Season Opened This Week, Median Home Value in Seattle Now $666,000.
2nd Amendment Rights people will jump to that poor man's aid, I'm sure... any second now... they'll be all over this... police state they've always worried about is here... just hang on... any second now... ... ...
Jul 5 nullbull commented on Noted Economist Predicts Brexit Will Have an Impact on Seattle's Property Market.
Rent Control, Residency requirements, extra fees on corporate apartments and vacant real estate. Chase them away with a different kind of the same government socialism they've been benefiting from. Global money don't give a shit. @3 used to sound like a tinfoil hat, but that's not the case anymore - She or he is exactly right. The global blob of capital that needs to be or at least appear illiquid to avoid taxes and other bothers of those with absurd amounts of money is huge, it is coming for your whatever, and it will sit on your chest until you die.
Jun 30 nullbull commented on Light Rail and Urbanism for Seattle's Rich.
Beacon Hill Station, where the above picture was taken, is getting 112 new affordable units built by El Centro De La Raza right now. We have Rainier Vista's subsidized housing near Columbia City Station. We have the subsidized artist lofts near Mt. Baker Station. There are available lots to develop (one currently housing a tiny house village for the homeless) near Rainier Beach Station. We're doing this - not enough yet, but it's happening.
Jun 30 nullbull commented on Light Rail and Urbanism for Seattle's Rich.
@16, 17 - How incredibly myopic. Today's emergent middle class - those people just entering middle-classdom - increasingly cannot afford this city. OF COURSE there are middle class people living here now. The question is whether they will continue to be able to live here. Current trends, if they hold up, point to no. When we had a robust middle class, the rule of thumb was to never spend more than 25% of your gross income on housing. Can you even fathom that? No, if you're looking for a home right now, you can't even fathom that. Our standards for middle affordability, like all standards for affordability below the mega-rich, have eroded massively.
Jun 14 nullbull commented on How Seattle Took Forever to Build a Very Fast Light Rail Line.
Simple fact - Portlands system will top out with lower frequencies and smaller capacities. They can't carry as many per trip, and they can't bring the frequency up due to choke points on shared bridges. This infrastructure will be around for over 100 years. Making the first 15-20 faster at the cost of being able to handle growth for the second 80 is a small-time strategy that costs in the long run. I'm glad we're doing it better now. Though we should all note that we screwed the Rainier Valley on this score. But then, we always screw the Rainier Valley, don't we?