Nov 30, 2016
commented on Denmark's Largest City Is Winning the War on Cars
My god, you anti-bike people need to get out more. To address some points in descending order of ridiculousness:
1) No, old and infirm people won't be stuck in their apodments in the coming bike utopia, unable to get anywhere because the only mode of travel will be on a bike. Drive a car if you can afford it! Hop on a bus! In real cities, with good public transportation, the olds love it because they can get around even if they can't drive. In fact, car-dependent transportation systems are horrible for old people precisely because they lose mobility when they can no longer drive and they live in a place where they can't walk or bus anywhere.
2) The hills are just not that big a deal. Yes, some routes would be extremely difficult. But my late-middle-age husband and I started biking last summer, and we thought the hills (south of the ship canal, east of I5) would be a huge challenge, and they just weren't. I promise you, we are not in good shape, yet the hills barely made us sweat.
3) Density is just not a big deal, either. And this is where we get into the meat of the matter. Having a bike-friendly city doesn't mean that every single resident will bike for every single trip. Put that bike on a bus to get up to West Seattle, then bike around. Take the car (or car share) to Costco, but bike to the local grocery store for small purchases. Again, my personal experience: hubby and I are talking about getting down to one car and using the bikes a lot more. Ours is not a particularly dense neighborhood, but we think we can make it work. Beyond that, 8000 residents/square mile is an average, which means that half of our neighborhoods are denser than that, and the people in those neighborhoods would benefit from better bike infrastructure.
Aug 6, 2016
commented on Chop Shop Quietly Announced That They Are Permanently Closing Today
Beautiful space, great menu, disastrous management. We went there about two months after opening and watched their expediter get fired in the middle of Saturday night rush because he was screwing up so badly. I felt sorry for him (was he undertrained? Genuinely incompetent and shouldn't have been in that crucial, high-pressure position?) The food was either disastrous (chicken red at the bone) or sublime (an amazing veggie dish). Anyway, this is unfortunate all around.
Mar 25, 2016
commented on It's Okay to Cook "Other People's Food," But You Better Be Ready to Talk About It
My eyes are stuck in the rolling-to-the-back-of-my-head position. Ms. Garbes really needs to be writing for an academic journal that nobody reads. I'm good with the occasional view of food culture through the prism of race/class/gender, but two in a row? Seriously? First it was Jonathan Gold, who has spent decades exposing his largely white readership to a vast panoply of foods from many cultures (and apparently saved a bunch of small businesses in the process). Yet Garbes has to throw in this out-of-left-field accusation that there's something nefarious ("dangerous" even) in an admiring portrayal of his life's work. All because somebody in the film said something in a way she doesn't like. Now Rick Bayless gets the hyper-politically correct treatment. It's not enough for him to have spent his entire life discovering and promoting and selling (and adapting and, yes, even elevating) fantastic food from another culture. He has to toe the current, ever-changing party line. Seriously, could we just talk about the food?
Mar 24, 2016
commented on Morning News: Why New Link Stations Triggered Ridership Surge, and Why Bernie Sanders Is Not the Same as Donald Trump
@6, raindrop, the problem isn't the SUV-bashing, which should be indulged as often as possible. It's the idea you're right about: that liberals would give a pass to another liberal inflicting just as much damage to the environment as the SUV driver. Are you a crunchy hippie driving an ancient truck? That's cool, man, you're authentic and signifying your resistance to dominant culture. But those people should be shamed just as much as Suburban Mom in an SUV.
Jul 30, 2015
commented on What the Beggar on Link Light Rail Means
Yeah, the problem really isn't the bald passenger with the luggage (he is probably not a regular user of public trans and doesn't know the rules). The problem is that Seattleites are so passive aggressive and would rather seethe in silence than just politely ask the guy to move his luggage so they could sit down.
Feb 9, 2015
commented on MSNBC Reports on First Same-Sex Marriages in Ala-Fucking-Bama
"Only wealthy older gay white couples care about marriage equality."
Yup, that's what I thought when I saw a similar picture on the NYT web site. Man, those were the dumbest arguments against gay marriage coming from the gay/queer leftists.