Mar 19, 2010 Cale commented on It's Official: Transportation Dept. Recommends Broadway Streetcar.
Fair enough on 1st ave. About time we had some holistic transportation planning in this city...
Feb 10, 2010 Cale commented on Streetcar Routes Through First Hill Would Be Most Expensive, Impractical.
The 12th couplet is a dumb idea. Get over it! Lowest ridership, inconvenient, unintuitive. BAD IDEA
Feb 1, 2010 Cale commented on Seattle Rejects State's Plan for 520, Calls for More Transit.
I truly, truly hope that common sense prevails and we build a bridge with high capacity transit capability. It's the only sensible solution for trying to take that many people across the lake at rush hour.
Dec 12, 2009 Cale commented on I'm Waiting For the Nexus 7.
please, please, please tell me this isnt true! i was just about to buy a droid!
Dec 10, 2009 Cale commented on In Search of a Queer Youth Space.
How about the old Elliot Bay Book Company building?
Dec 9, 2009 Cale commented on Elliott Bay Book Company Is Moving to Capitol Hill.
#47, last time I checked the businesses that survive are the ones that evolve and try new things. They react to competition by offering unique or superior services. EBBC has not changed hardly at all. That's why they are getting pushed under the waves. Yes this move could be a good thing, but I really doubt it was the only thing they could have done.
Dec 9, 2009 Cale commented on Thoughts About Elliott Bay Book Company.
I like your hopeful attitude Paul! There is always a way for things to turn out well and I think you hit the nail on the head.
Dec 9, 2009 Cale commented on Elliott Bay Book Company Is Moving to Capitol Hill.
OK, Barnes and Noble was an exaggeration. The experience is obviously nothing like a good independent bookstore. And of course, if most people want a good selection of books for a good price, they go to Amazon. However, if we think about the experience of B&N or Amazon and compare it to the independent bookstore, the reasons why indies are special are illuminated.

The real issue is that the business of most people going to a larger, non-specialized independent book store for the sole purpose of buying a book is gone. It is totally understandable since if somebody wants a book, they have cheaper options. However, places like EBBC have much to offer which keep people coming back like community, charm and history. The charm is unproven and the history has been reset. If EBBC can somehow manage to keep up the community aspect, they can probably adopt a new history and charm. However, EBBC is dead as we know it, and it is up to either the city to reconstitute its cultural relevance, or up to some brilliant management we have yet to see.
Dec 9, 2009 Cale commented on Elliott Bay Book Company Is Moving to Capitol Hill.
Well I can't say I support this. I probably won't be frequenting EBBC anymore. Barnes and Noble at Pacific Place is closer walking distance-wise and cheaper. Literally, the only thing that was special about shopping at EBBC was the location- the act of stepping into the past; into an old building where books and ideas seemed to grow out of the brick and wood. Just another quaint Capitol Hill bookstore? Meh. As much as I love the quirky indie-business-inside-an-old-auto-warehouse aesthetic, it just doesn't have the same presence as the Pioneer Square location. I don't blame EBBC for their woes (although I'm sure a creative business person could come up with alternative streams of revenue). I really blame the city for neglecting Pioneer Square by sacrificing history for surface parking and by seemingly concentrating all regional homeless services in one place.

This whole thing smacks of Seattle disappointment: so much potential, such horrifying city planning.