Jun 5, 2013
commented on The Media Is Missing Important Microhousing Issues
Short version of Dennis' statistical revelations:
1/ Micro means small
2/ As a basic rule of averages, some data points will be above the average
3/ Most housing development is for-profit, which means they expect to get a return
Oooof. I really wish this whole conversation on microhousing would provide an opportunity to talk about housing as a basic need instead of a commodity and how we can provide a wider spectrum of housing options, but instead it's this caricaturized pro-dev vs nimby bullshit.
Some ways out:
1/ Separate the notion of people density and building mass/form. What the building looks like from the outside does not determine how many people live in it.
2/ Find ways (local income tax!) to fund public and non-profit housing development. Someone has to build the new housing and fanning the conspiracy flames does nothing
3/ Fix the broken design review board system. Superficial at best, waste of time at worst
May 18, 2011
commented on Cops We Have Loved
Deep and profound thanks:
To the cop who decided that a man with a shopping bag full of laptops in Pike Place seemed suspicious, one of which was mine that had been fingered out of the coat room during a work meeting.
To the detective who turned on my laptop, found a copy of my resume, and called me before the meeting had even ended.
Mar 31, 2011
commented on Governor Would Have Sued to Keep Referendum Off Ballot
A binding and enforceable contract!? Does anyone give a shit about SEPA anymore? Or is it just a fancy way of ass-covering so we can still pretend that we're a city and a state that cares about the environment?
Mar 29, 2011
commented on The Seattle Way Viaduct
ug @55 4% of viaduct traffic is freight, and considering that there won't be any downtown exits, I'd guess that the tunnel numbers would be even lower. So your option A is entirely straw man.
Mar 18, 2011
commented on City Design Commission Rejects Tunnel Portal
Slide 7 is a perfect example of why you should always be weary plans have the word 'open space' in them.
Wow, 37% more open space! That's entirely unusable. In a downtown. But hey, at least there are a ton of tree dots on the plan, right!
Sep 16, 2009
commented on Joe Mallahan, Idiot
They left out another one of his good lines. Directly to an older lady, "I'm a man of principle, and I know you are too."