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Jan 30, 2012 breakdown commented on The "Slow the Fuck Down on Neighborhood Streets" Bill Passes the State House.
This is such bullshit. Pedestrians, cyclists, and parked cars for that matter, get hit when people are driving too fast for the amount of attention they are paying. Making it easier to pay less attention doesn't make the problem go away, but it does give the aforementioned obstacles a false sense of security and punish those of us who concentrate on driving safely.
Nov 27, 2011 breakdown commented on The Woman Suspected of Pepper-Spraying Her Fellow Shoppers on Friday Turned Herself In.
Walmarts should have motion sensors that automatically trigger pepper spray whenever someone walks in the door.
Nov 25, 2011 breakdown commented on First-World Problems.
Script aside, everything about the production was top notch.

Using the dog as a device to write about "the affair" was a decent idea, but that device wasn't used to present anything new or interesting about the subject. The actors did a great job but the characters are all so empty-headed, it really was kind of painful at times.
Nov 18, 2011 breakdown commented on What Exactly Is It that Occupy Critics Don't Get About Civil Disobedience?.
"An if you think their civil disobedience has been an inconvenience to you, trying being a participant."

I love that this line appears in a post that mentions misspelled signs.
Nov 16, 2011 breakdown commented on Video of Cops Pepper Spraying Occupy Seattle Protesters.
@26, the protesters were intentionally blocking the entire sidewalk at the corner so that people trying to walk home from work had to walk out into the traffic lanes to get past. As you say, the sidewalks are very wide--getting out of the way of pedestrians so they don't have to walk in the street was not an unreasonable request.

One thing about pepper spray--using it sucks and cops won't do it unless they have to. It's really not possible to spray it into a crowd without getting it all over yourself and the other cops.
Nov 16, 2011 breakdown commented on Video of Cops Pepper Spraying Occupy Seattle Protesters.
In case anyone is wondering what was going on, the protestors were blocking thousands of commuters who were just trying to get home during rush hour. They blocked the streets and police ordered them onto the sidewalk so buses and commuters could get past.

Once on the sidewalk, they were were still blocking the path of hundreds of people trying to walk and bike home, so the cops ordered them to move aside. People who screamed fuck you and shoved the cops instead of complying with repeated, simple, reasonable instructions to move back a few feet got pepper sprayed.

The people who got arrested physically shoved uniformed officers, some of them multiple times. I think the pregnant chick either took a swing at one of the officers or shoved them. She'll make a great parent.

I don't see how the cops could have handled the situation any better.
Aug 13, 2011 breakdown commented on $60 Car Tabs Seem Certain for Fall Ballot; Mayor's Streetcar Plan Looks Dead.
@31, also, people aren't leaving the city for the burbs, they're doing the opposite. We're actually (finally) tapping into the massive wealth of the techies raising their families on the east side by bringing more tech jobs into the city. I don't look forward to seeing every parking strip in the city manicured until it looks like it's a putting green, but the influx of cash is certainly very welcome at this point.
Aug 13, 2011 breakdown commented on $60 Car Tabs Seem Certain for Fall Ballot; Mayor's Streetcar Plan Looks Dead.
@31, don't you think a commitment to fixing the Mercer mess was a key piece to making all that SLU redevelopment happen?

The city gets a ton of money from all the infrastructure improvements, parking, B&O, property, sales and restaurant taxes related to Vulcan, Amazon, Microsoft et al occupying that property and they stand to make a lot more from larger and more frequent events held at Seattle Center if people can actually come and go from QA.
Aug 13, 2011 breakdown commented on $60 Car Tabs Seem Certain for Fall Ballot; Mayor's Streetcar Plan Looks Dead.
As far as sidewalks go, the places without sidewalks are virtually all in areas with very light pedestrian traffic, and none of those routes connect population centers to transit stations. What we do need is some serious sidewalk refurb along Pike and Pine between 12th and Bellevue, and along Bellevue and Olive Way. Those are some of the busiest sidewalks in the city and some of the most difficult to navigate. Hopefully we can begin by taking the asswipe who designed the sidewalk along Pine between Summit and Belmont and bury him under a slab.
Aug 13, 2011 breakdown commented on $60 Car Tabs Seem Certain for Fall Ballot; Mayor's Streetcar Plan Looks Dead.
@16, "Same quality of service as buses..." except for:

Most buses run on diesel and are less efficient per person mile than single occupancy cars, whereas the streetcars run off renewable hydroelectric. Buses are much noisier. Streetcars are almost always cleaner. Streetcars have a smooth ride; buses (as the road's heaviest vehicles) create potholes, then enlarge them by hitting the same spots with every trip, so the ride usually sucks. Streetcars are pretty much always on time, buses almost never. If you try to reduce your commute by moving to within walking distance of a streetcar station, it's pretty much a given that the hours of service aren't going to get slashed or the nearest stop closed as happens so often with buses. The routes and schedules are fixed and much, much easier to interpret than with the bus, essentially removing a huge hurdle for people on the fence about using transit.

Buses go more places, that's their only advantage over streetcars. If you add in the hidden cost of road maintenance cleaning up after the buses and compare that to building rails, the streetcars aren't that much more expensive.
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