Jan 7, 2016 fish04 commented on Last Night in Magnolia, Mike O'Brien Got Shouted at for Suggesting It's Wrong to Punish People for Being Homeless.
Of course, the same people will complain about an "RV Park" but who cares. These are the same people in Magnolia that were complaining about 4 way stop sign last year. You just can't please everyone. Having said that, I run/bike by the RV spot on Thorndyke everyday and it's admittedly pretty bad. We already have the solutions to these problems though...create an RV version of a tent city and eliminate or put limits on the parking in the areas where the RVs keep parking. The spot on Thorndyke is full of RVs because few people live there, there are few businesses and quite frankly Magnolia has more parking than it knows what do with. The industrial areas of the city have plenty of space and resources to support these RV areas. Shipping them out of the city or in jail is not the solution.
Oct 28, 2015 fish04 commented on Faye Garneau Has Now Given As Much of Her Own Money to Kill the Move Seattle Levy as the Pro Side Has Raised in Total.
@8 one of the largest obstacles to affordability is the amount of money people have to spend on cars and gas in the absence of transportation alternatives..
Oct 13, 2015 fish04 commented on Bike Activists! I Have Seen the Future! You're Going To Hate It!.
I am one of those fast riders and I am more than happy to slow down for a safer, separated bike infrastructure that is more welcoming to "casual" and new riders. I do agree with the sentiment from some commentators above though--yes, Seattle has a lot of spandex-clad, macho riders but it's primarily because of the current environment. Try biking from the Sculpture Park to Cal Andersen for instance--it requires over 400 ft of climbing all on "sharrows" and streets without bike lanes. It's barely even 2 miles and can take well over 30 minutes to do. One doesn't even end up touching the brand new protected "bike islands" on 2nd and on Broadway on that ride. It's popular routes like this that should be an absolute priority to our city to make safe. We are doing a phenomenal job at adding protected bike lanes on every street except for the ones that people actually ride. The "Freds" and "Cat 6 riders are annoying but not the real problem here.
Sep 21, 2015 fish04 commented on I, Anonymous.
@30 what the hell are you talking about? I spent the first 20 years of my life in Philly. This is the first I've heard that people out there "make eye contact and are trying to expand their circles." In fact, I have found the exact opposite. The east coast and midwest get much less transplants from outside of their region and people do not branch out at all. I spent 2 years living in Chicago and could not find a single midwesterner that could expand their friend circle away from their Big 10 university frat bro's or their group of high school friends from Indy that moved to the "big city" together. I have had no problems whatsoever meeting friends in Seattle. As long as you are liberal, educated and into the outdoors you will do just fine. Otherwise, why live here in the first place?
Aug 24, 2015 fish04 commented on I, Anonymous.
If only the the "born and raised" Seattleites had spent a winter day in one of the East Coast or Midwest cities, they would have seen this massive influx of transplants a long time ago. 50 degrees and cloudy is what we called Springtime when I lived in Chicago, not "frigid cold" January weather. I don't work for Amazon nor am I tech worker, but as a transplant I'm quite happy with Amazon's effect on the rest of the city. Our inability from decades past to have built a subway/train system and single family zoning is the only thing to blame. There is no shortage of cheap, auto-centric, sprawling cities to go around in this country. If you don't realize just how good we have it here, then move somewhere else.
Jul 7, 2015 fish04 commented on Ballard Business Owners: Get Seattle’s Homeless Away From Us!.
I still don't get why we don't put all of the homeless encampments and the services down in SoDo by the Port. The value of the land is worthless, it's not zoned to be residential and it alleviates the Port's fear of the area becoming gentrified. It's a win for everyone. If this city really had balls, they'd move the encampments right next to the businesses in Ballard and Westlake that oppose the missing link and the cycletrack. How I miss "East-Coast Style" politics...
Jun 10, 2015 fish04 commented on The Morning News: Amazon Holds Shareholder Meeting, Shell's Oil Rig Creates Half the Jobs Supporters Say It Does.
Even if the Oil Rig created 417 jobs, who cares? They say that like this city is Detroit with high unemployment levels and a lack of job prospects. Amazon will probably hire that many people this month...
Feb 25, 2015 fish04 commented on A Last-Ditch Effort to Preserve the Heart of the Central District.
I am truly sympathetic to the owners and the long time residents of the area that will probably be priced out. However, I think a far greater threat to this city is restricting the supply of housing and pushing more people into the suburbs to live a car centric life. The development needs to happen. What we need is to have a conversation about is how to incorporate affordable housing into that equation.
Feb 2, 2015 fish04 commented on I, Anonymous.
Thanks Seattle Times...
Sep 12, 2014 fish04 commented on Climate Change.
Since when does Chicago EVER have nice weather? If everyone in this city spent 2 years, like I did, living in that climate, then you would appreciate how good we have it here. I'm serious, I've lived here for 4 years and do not have a single complaint about our weather. Bring on the 48 degree "winter".