commented on Riding with Strangers
I, too, think the article is lame. At least it could have raised the question of whether the system is safe. Sure, several rides and no mishaps sounds good. Ratings help.
But people are fickle. Maybe on the 30th ride, the passenger turns wolf. Maybe the recovering sex offender looses it after 3 years.
Personally, I have no idea what the track record of SideCar is. Nor do I know what safeguards they have in place and how effective the are compared to, say, taxi services. I would have found a more indepth story helpful.
commented on Bigotry in Bloom
For those assuming the florist should have the right to choose who to sell to (particularly #22 and #35), consider why we have antidiscriminatory laws.
At one time, "colored" people were not allowed in certain establishments, had to use side doors, had to sit in the back of the bus, etc.
I think most people understand clearly that having a law to protect these people from discrimination is necessary, whether or not it is considered fair to the vendor (or other party).
If we choose not to enforce antidiscriminatory laws in this case (and I'm not saying the couple should be the ones to file charges), we will be weakening the law. That could ultimately lead to arbitrary decisions on when it can and cannot be enforced. Perhaps the grocer in a small town could decide not to sell to gays. Or the gas station won't permit jews inside. Or the muslim-owned theatre won't allow caucasions. Bad slippery slope.
commented on We're Number One at Taxing the Poor
Something doesn't add up. Besides sales tax, what taxes affect the poorest 20%?
In seattle, the sales tax is about 10%. So, in order to pay $3000, you would have to purchase $30K of taxable goods. Or there would have to be another really high tax that bumps the average up to 16.9%. That would take an enormous amount of tabacco and alcohol!
Considering that rent, food, and most services are not taxed, it seems that the overall tax rate would be, in fact, much lower than 10%. Maybe closer to 5%.
This study needs some roots to be credible!
commented on They Say They're Not NIMBYs
How many people are concerned mostly about tall buildings north of Mercer as opposed to tall buildings throughout South Lake Union?
The current proposal allows 240' buildings between Valley and Mercer, just across the street from the park.
Even downtown, between Alaskan Way and Western, buildings of this height aren't allowed. Why should they be allowed at South Lake Union?
commented on Debunking the So-Called Bike Backlash
I have to agree with @42. I ride a lot and the vast majority of drivers are curteous to me. I'll add, though, I think it partially depends how and where you ride.
If you stick to streets with little traffic (e.g. residential) or streets with plenty of room for drivers to pass (e.g. center turn lane or two lanes in each direction), drivers won't be stuck behind you as much.
If you're cranking up a steep hill, you might consider the sidewalk. If you're barreling down 2nd downtown, take the middle lane.
Aug 20, 2012
commented on Why Is This Man Leaving the Housing Authority?
I agree with #4. Another "project" would be a disaster. That said, I have no idea if the ratios are right; I hope that the SHA and council are realistically looking at existing examples. But it's better to distribute subsidized housing around the city. I'm on Queen Anne; why not incorporate some low income units into some of the new apartments on top of the hill?
Sep 27, 2011
commented on Money Shots
To #17: I think the main point of #16 is why limit the stores to 10000 sf and larger? This virutally ensures that only costco, the largest supermarkets and new mega liquor stores will be able to sell hard A.
In some neighborhoods, that's fine. In others, you might have to go across town. That might have a nice conservative effect, but the effect I don't like is giving costco so much business at the expense of neighborhood stores.
Sep 14, 2011
commented on Okay, Fine, It's War
Would better driver education help? Would better enforcement help (both for disobedient riders and cars)?
First, I find that most drivers are, in fact, adequately considerate towards riders. But, even if only 1% aren't, that still creates quite a danger.
I'd like to see serious penalties if a driver comes within 3' (or 5' on faster roads) of a cyclist. And, I'd like to see some of these laws, like that one, incorporated into the driver's test.