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Mar 17 neo-realist 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more or less; Off peak buses can be pretty flaky around here, so if they're forced to drive, they have to deal with an outdated highway system that is too small to handle the present population increase much less tourists.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:)
Mar 15 neo-realist commented on The Morning News: Maddow's Trump Reveal, Wallingford Protests Upzone.
@17, Thank you.

It's usually about keeping out the POC poors wrapped in a Seattle nice blanket of "we want to preserve the character of the community."
Mar 13 neo-realist commented on Reader E-Mailbag: Sugary Drink Tax is a Smart Investment in Kids, How to Fight the AIDS Epidemic.
Adding on to a regressive prole tax on sugary drinks, how about adding a bourgeoisie tax on wine? The proles in the Seattle area shouldn't be the only ones taking on the usual regressive tax burden to fund education.
Feb 28 neo-realist 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.
Feb 27 neo-realist 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.
Feb 23 neo-realist commented on Shabazz Palaces, Flying Lotus, Alunageorge, Snarky Puppy to Headline Paul Allen's Upstream Music Festival + Summit.
@3, I'm also a bit disappointed in the lack of music from some genres, specifically, metal, punk, and some industrial:/ Did they want to keep the festival safe for the Magnolia, Greenlake and Eastside patrons?
Feb 21 neo-realist 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.
Feb 13 neo-realist commented on So You Want to Counter-Protest Abortion Clinic Protesters. Here's How to Do it Without Making Things Worse..
@4, Along those lines, signs that say support the babies---support medicare for all, single payer, and a national child care system and 16 weeks of paid leave like French parents get. Tell your GOP cro-mag reps to put up or shut up if you want to reduce abortions.
Feb 11 neo-realist 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.
Feb 8 neo-realist commented on Forty Five Minutes Passed Between When a Seattle Police Officer Saw Che Taylor’s Handgun and When Taylor Was Killed.
@1, according to the Sammamish Patch and a report on Q13, which was obtained from the Seattle Times, the 17 year old along with a 16 year old pulled guns on the cops.……