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May 26, 2015 Searailleur commented on A Tour of the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station That's Set to Open in Early 2016.
If it were a true urban subway, RDPence, there would have been a station at Bellevue, Broadway, 15th, and then Montlake. 1.5 mile stop spacing is crazy in the densest neighborhood in the state. And if you think of it in terms of council districts, it's insane that D3 only gets 1 station (2 if you count I-90/Rainier).
Nov 7, 2014 Searailleur commented on Imagine a Columbia Center Packed With Micro-Apartments.
Imagine instead a Columbia Tower sized apartment building, but with standard 1Br or 2Br units. A 1.5m sq ft, that's 2,500 500-700 sq ft apartments at a pretty livable density. No need to go micro to get exceptional density while retaining quality of life.
Jul 14, 2014 Searailleur commented on Report: Seattle Police Investigating Rape Allegation Against Uber Driver.
Or someone stole an Uber driver's phone and/or car and impersonated him.
Jun 5, 2014 Searailleur commented on In Defense of Maureen Dowd Getting Too High and Writing About It.
I use pot 3-4x/week, but I like the '2 beers' equivalent of being high and loathe 'couchlock'. I neither smoke (how barbaric!) nor eat (because I don't know the strength). Instead, I make my own alcohol tinctures. I bake (decarboxylate) the weed in the oven, soak it in a steady 170-degree Everclear for an hour, strain with an Aeropress coffee maker. A teaspoon of the resulting liquid is an effective dose, which contains a trifling amount of alcohol. I use it the same way most people add bitters to a drink. A splash is great in peppermint or chamomile tea, or in lemonade. The best thing about it? I take it to Analytical360 and get the resulting THC analysis so that I know the exact strength, and it's easily scalable for newbies and potheads alike using a simple dropper. No crazy brownie surprise.
May 29, 2014 Searailleur commented on Dear Seattle: Stay Home This Morning, Seriously.
@17, but if everyone who could walk or bike or take transit actually did, there'd be MUCH more road space for those of you who legitimately need to drive, for childcare, or carrying equipment, or deliveries. I'm a daily bike commuter who wants you, the non-lazy road user, to have a safe and easy drive because I depend on your work to enable my car free life. But those who just drive everywhere without a passing thought? They're the problem.
May 29, 2014 Searailleur commented on Dear Seattle: Stay Home This Morning, Seriously.
My bike ride took all of 1 minute longer than normal.
Apr 25, 2014 Searailleur commented on Bus Cuts and Racism.
Have you not seen the new 106? It will give new, frequent service connecting Renton, Skyway, Rainier Valley along MLK to Jackson, run through the heart of the C.D., then the new Yesler Terrace, then Downtown. Only the Madison Valley stretch (between Jackson and Madison) of the 8 loses all service. And it's only one year after these cuts until Link serves Capitol Hill directly from MLK, negating any reason anyone would have made the through trip on the 8 from the Rainier Valley to Capitol Hill or Queen Anne. The true losers here are the relative handful of people around MLK/Yesler who will lose all service, but even then they will have frequent service within a couple blocks on Jackson (14, 106), Jefferson (3), and 23rd (48). I think most people will find the new arrangement more useful, and I'd argue that the greater injustice was letting the 8 languish for hours on Denny Way while people in the Rainier Valley wondered where the hell there bus was.
Feb 19, 2014 Searailleur commented on Plummeting Viaduct Traffic Raises Questions About Need for Tunnel.
An SDOT briefing the other day revealed that the AWV was deemed capable of withstanding 1 inch of settlement related to DBT construction. Before Bertha has even crossed under the AWV, it has already settled 4/10 of an inch. If it settles another .6" if/when Bertha gets going again, I hope they have the guts to shut the damn thing down. Every day it remains up is a testament that we value traffic flow more than people's lives. If an earthquake hits, what politician would want to say, "But car commuters in 2013 got where they were going 10 minutes faster"?
Dec 18, 2013 Searailleur commented on One Solution to Seattle's Rental Crisis.
@6, Yes, increasing supply reduces demand and lowers prices, in a closed system. But Seattle isn't a closed system, and it can import people from around the globe. We're so successful as a city right now that building more may very well be inducing even more demand than we can keep up with. Looking at global megacities such as London and Tokyo, or even Sydney and Vancouver, makes it clear that we could probably keep attracting high-paying talent for years or decades to come without breaking the back of demand. So the NIMBYs are right with the diagnosis of unaffordability but wrong about the cure. Building less housing, or trying to gate our city, is a guaranteed disaster. But building more, on its own, is merely a necessary but not sufficient condition to lower prices. We need developer incentives that induce a diversity of housing stock to be built, and we need fast, reliable transit.
Dec 17, 2013 Searailleur commented on Apparently the Lottery Jackpot Is Really Big Right Now.
Taking the annuity would help stave off some of the lump sum problems, but you know what would make you a hero? Keep $10m for yourself and give the rest to Sound Transit to help build the Paul Constant Ballard Subway.