Sep 15 Mr. X commented on Long Live the War on Cars: Regional Leaders Call for More Mass Transit as City Unveils Plans to Lower Speed Limits.
The war on cars is a war on people - in Seattle, the 60 or so percent of them who commute to work in SOV's or carpools, and the other 20 or so percent who use them after they get home from work on their hour-long bus ride to go shopping, pick their kids up from practice, etc etc etc.

Funny thing is - when you make war on people in how they go about their day-to-day lives, they tend to get a bit hostile about it. So fuck you and your war on cars.
Sep 1 Mr. X commented on Despite Advocates' Proposal, Mayor Convenes Task Force to Talk Some More About Homeless Sweeps.
Serious question - how much crap are homeless people supposed to be able to pile up before someone is allowed to do something with it. One mattress? Two? Three? Do clean up crews have to pick through a pile of needles to try and find someone's temporary ID that is buried in the same pile of what looks like garbage with them? These are not unreasonable concerns - and a lot of homeless folks are mentally ill and have hoarder-ish tendencies. Is each and every thing in that shopping cart a gem that must be preserved?

Service providers might want to help develop a system - red backpacks, clear ready-made signage, etc - that helps those tasked with these cleanups identify items that need to be saved. Perhaps the city should consider modular lockers that can be brought in by truck and placed in freeway right-of-ways where garbage is piling up that give folks the option (something reasonable - say a 2 x 3 foot space or something along those lines) of locking up essential items. But the trash problem is a real one, and service providers do themselves and their credibility no favors by pretending it isn't.
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Aug 23 Mr. X commented on Mayor Convenes Homelessness Task Force; Won't Stop Problematic Encampment Sweeps.
I'm no fan of a lot of these sweeps, but I deal with the garbage people who are homeless leave behind on an almost daily basis in the U-District, and we're talking about stuff that is in the same alley as about a dozen unlocked dumpsters they could be using to throw trash away in and don't.
Aug 12 Mr. X commented on Why State Senator Reuven Carlyle—a Democrat Representing Ballard—Won't Endorse Sound Transit 3.
I generally dislike Carlyle (aka Neoliberal Charter School Tech Toady #1) but he's got stones to buck the D establishment on this - ST3 is WAY too expensive and WAY WAY too regressive.

(PS to the poster @1 - even though I think it would be an improvement if sales taxes were truly limited an income tax is NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER going to happen in WA. Did I say NEVER enough?)
Aug 4 Mr. X commented on Seattle's Neighborhood Councils Are Exclusionary, Self-Interested "Cartels," and the City Wants to Cut Ties with Them.
Ack, no plural on council and renters and people of color. Poor multitasking...
Aug 4 Mr. X commented on Seattle's Neighborhood Councils Are Exclusionary, Self-Interested "Cartels," and the City Wants to Cut Ties with Them.
With the exception of very (and I mean VERY) few groups that are limited to homeowners only, the vast majority of neighborhood (and by extension District) council's welcome renters of people of color. The problem is that they tend not to participate in civic life (and they also don't vote reliably, either).

GFY, junior.
Jul 5 Mr. X commented on #RezoneSeattle.
Actual, a real progressive would advocate for stronger government regulation of business, and end to subsidies to attract tech jobs to overcrowded markets like Seattle, significant impact fees, significant construction of public (vs nonprofit) housing, and serious intervention in the so-called free market that is failing most of the (soon-to-be-former) residents of Seattle as well as those of areas that really need job growth and new residents.

May 16 Mr. X commented on Hey YIMBYs, Show Up at This Anti-Upzone Meeting in the University District Tonight.
@17,

Per DPD 2015 report to the City Council (p2)

"The flexible approach to parking was was expanded over time so that new development is not required to provide parking in Urban Centers, light rail station areas, and most parts of Urban Villages (on sites within a 1/4 mile walk of of a stop with frequent service."

Your project is almost certainly outside of the Urban Center Boundary.
May 16 Mr. X commented on Hey YIMBYs, Show Up at This Anti-Upzone Meeting in the University District Tonight.
Yeah, a shit ton of 300' tall tech office buildings where there are now affordable low and midrise apartment buildings is gonna bring rent down for sure!

Trickle-down economics by any other name.....

PS - @3 and 7 - parking requirements in the U-District (and I think in most other urban centers) have already essentially been eliminated (despite the fact that the professional liars at DCLU/DPD/SDCI promised that they'd be preserved when the neighborhood agreed to the last set of major upzones).