Oct 26, 2015
commented on To the Sad Owner of a Capitol Hill Town House
Sad Town House Lady (STHL) is my "neighbor". I put "neighbor" in square quotes because neither of us live there.
My wife and I currently live in Amsterdam and rent out our townhouse in STHL's four-pack. There are neighbors nearby, also in 21st-century buildings, who resented our 4-pack because it was too modern and dense for the character of their neighborhood when it was built in 2008.
STHL bought her townhome in 2014. She currently lives in Bellevue and rents hers out as well. Based on her testimony, I guess this is an emotional issue for her because all those UPS trucks are going to make the street less like nice, quiet Bellevue.
I also find this an emotional issue, and hope for increased density to make it feel more like vibrant, bustling Amsterdam.
The real shame, here, is that the City tries to make everyone happy instead of clearly deciding and communicating the intended character for neighborhoods. It's unlikely that STHL and I would have chosen the same street in a more explicitly planned city.
Jun 26, 2012
commented on Conlin Thinks the Arena Deal Is Dead
"Among people who actually vote" is an interesting qualification. Do you think the desires of the citizenry at large differs greatly from the active electorate? And if so, which should our leadership be serving the interests of, ideally?
Sep 14, 2011
commented on Okay, Fine, It's War
@16 My experience living in Munich runs counter to your forecast that hostile weather will prevent mass adoption of cycling for commuting.
Their gas prices went up, they blanketed their city with bike lanes, and so many people switched to bikes, even in hostile winters, that gridlock practically disappeared. (At least until FC Bayern wins an important match.)
Perhaps we should give infrastructure a shot.
@18 I've contemplated spurs. If respect for human life isn't motivation enough to give 3 feet, maybe fear for your precious paint job would be.
(I used to drive not only for transportation, but also for sport. But years of a car-free life led to an appreciation for the damage automobile dependance does to our culture. Recently, hostile driver behavior and the death of a friend easily dismissed with the "I didn't see him" defense has me ready to take up arms in this war.)