commented on To the Tourists Who Hate Visiting Seattle: You’re Doing It Wrong
If the tourists are into live music, I would tell them to check out the stranger for music happenings. There is some good stuff happening, particularly if they go to Capitol Hill or Georgetown. Other than that, public transit outside of the rush hours leaves quite a bit to be desired. Light rail at this juncture is just a couple of strips of track more or less; Off peak buses can be pretty flaky around here, so if they're forced to drive, they have to deal with an outdated highway system that is too small to handle the present population increase much less tourists.
If you're outdoorsy and like the hiking/camping thing, it's terrific, but if you're a city person, it's not bad, but not great either. You can find some theater, some art galleries and some museums around here, but nowhere near the number and quality of NYC, SF, Chicago, DC, London or Paris.
In Seattle's favor, I would score it above Las Vegas:)
commented on Seattle Population Now at 700,000
IMO, the impact was so widespread because there isn't enough right of way public transportation for commuters to go around the highway calamities. As long as the overwhelmingly bulk of our public transportation shares the roads w/ SOV's and trucks, accidents on the interstates will have a disastrous city wide effect on commuting.
Charles, in our so-called "progressive" snowflake city, much of the political class and many natives, inexplicably remained opposed to right of way rail/subways in the 1990's when you moved here, even in the face of rapid growth. Fear of having a big dirty metropolitan city methinks.
commented on Girls Addresses the Gray Areas of Sexual Assault in “American Bitch”
Tricia, I'm guessing that apartment, if it's right across the street from Central Park, is no less than $10 million. Prime real estate. Now from what I was told on a visit to NYC a few years ago, Harlem Brownstones are in the $5 Million range---still kick ass for location and culture.
Don't get the Dunham hate. When you get past her privilege and obsession w/ self promotion ("I'm the voice of a generation"), she's a very talented writer.
commented on Will Gov. Jay Inslee Make a Bid for the Presidency in 2020? He Says No, The Seattle Times Says Yes
The democratic party, more than finding a savior to regain the oval office, needs to work on organizing and growing its brand in the battleground states and pretty much the country outside of the coastal blue states. The party also needs to formulate strong populist economic policies that offer material benefits to the 99% and not merely blather on about identity issues. Whoever takes over the leadership of the DNC better get busy on those items in order to try to win back majorities in Congress because without congressional majorities, a Democratic President will not accomplish all that much, particularly in way of judicial appointments.
commented on Guest Editorial: Why We Must Save Washington State's Film Incentive
Our state is so arrogant w/ the explosion of the high tech economy that it believes it can get away with not investing more tax incentives to bring more TV and Film work to the Washington State. As long as the high tech gravy train continues, our state/city politicians will continue to ignore other avenues of bringing culture, work, and dollars to the puget sound and will be more than pleased with our name being used in TV show and film plots, even if the actual state and people aren't.