May 25 grkle commented on 50 Places in Seattle That You're Taking for Granted.
Sign me up for a well-worn complaint....where the hell is the South End? Mt. Baker, Columbia City, Hillman City, Seward Park, Rainier Beach, Brighton, just...anything at all in the valley? I'm a little surprised there's not even a token restaurant to represent that vast swath of a huge geographical and cultural backbone to this city.
Sep 1, 2015 grkle commented on Another One Bites the Dust: RIP Shorty's Pinball.
@everyone else, why does this have to be a credibility pissing match and/or about the alleged death of Seattle? Why can't it just be about a beloved and unique strip of businesses at odds with the explosive, exciting and often extremely frustrating growth of this great city?
Sep 1, 2015 grkle commented on Another One Bites the Dust: RIP Shorty's Pinball.
@21, nothing is preventing Shorty's from relocating, if it came to that. Avout has said they would if they were forced out, I believe.
Sep 1, 2015 grkle commented on Another One Bites the Dust: RIP Shorty's Pinball.
@17, the cultural significance argument actually stems from the Wayne Apartments behind/above Shorty's, which are over 120 years old and (I believe) the only remaining row houses built in Belltown. I think I read somewhere that they precede the Denny regrade, not sure. Don't have those dates in my brain.
Feb 10, 2015 grkle commented on Jonathan Grant of the Tenants Union Will Challenge Tim Burgess or Sally Clark for Council Seat.
@13 don't make the mistake so many people do on so many issues and view things as an exclusively black-and-white scenario....

You can advocate for density while also advocating for restrictions on, say, more than doubling someone's rent in one fell swoop. That example is based on an actual occurrence -- it just happened, and it's displacing a septuagenarian couple that has lived in the same apartment for over 15 years. That's all the detail I care to give, as I would prefer to respect the privacy of those its impacting.

I really despise the false dichotomy between rent stabilization and density. I hope we can push past this kind of back and forth in Seattle soon and start discussing nuances and practicalities without devolving into ideological silliness.
Jan 5, 2015 grkle commented on Would You Have Voted for Danny Westneat if He'd Run Against Kshama Sawant?.
I voted for Sawant. I like a lot of what she's done, but I'm also frustrated with some of the inconsistent and obtuse choices that she and (far more so) some of her S.A. allies have made (I'll skip details, but I'm not talking about simple political differences).

Having said that, wow, no contest. Easily would vote Sawant over Westneat -- and many/most others.
Dec 16, 2014 grkle commented on Guest Editorial: Seattle, Pull the Plug on the Tunnel Unless You Can Answer These Seven Questions.
@10, blisteringly hot take. Very incisive analysis. 10/10, would mock again. Pro-cycling infrastructure clearly at fault here. Wow.



Just amazing.
Jun 4, 2014 grkle commented on Rent This Doorway for Only $1,850.
as a teenager* was how that sentence was going to go.
Jun 4, 2014 grkle commented on Rent This Doorway for Only $1,850.
If anyone decides to take SROTU up on his suggestion, let me know. I can give you recommendations on where to have a bit of marginal fun in the Tri-Cities as a before you slowly go crazy and ache relentlessly to return to the Puget Sound.

Alternately, if you love winery tours and milquetoast community theater productions, you may be able to live out the rest of your days in serenity.
May 8, 2014 grkle commented on Mayor Murray Says He'll Fight Any Attempt to Save Metro by Using Property Taxes; Slams Founder of "Plan C".
FROM* yet another unregistered commenter. Oops!

Because as we know, love him or hate him, at least Ben has the guts to put a name by his comments.