Apr 3, 2014
commented on Beacon Hill Greenbelt Proposal Pits Social Justice Cyclists Against Environmentalists
I work in natural resources, specifically in recreation. I can tell you that a thoughtfully planned and well built bike trail is a marvel of sustainability - something that can not be said for what typically passes for a hiking trail in many popular instances.
Furthermore, this absolutely IS a great way to get kids of all backgrounds experiencing healthy outdoor recreation. Parks like this are not just for "white folk" and they're expensive mountain bikes. Look to the recent success of Swan Creek Mountain Bike Park in Tacoma for an awesome example. Those trails were built by pros and volunteers to appeal to anyone with access to something that rolls by human power, and are very popular with the local kids.
If we can not cooperate and create attractive spaces for new generations to recreate in our forests, they will grow up not giving a damn what happens to them. Please consider that point for the good of everything we all hold dear.
The mountain bikers love the land and the forest as much as any of us. They depend on it for what they love. They can be valuable and enthusiastic partners in creating better spaces in which to live.
Nov 6, 2013
commented on Election Night: The Empire Strikes Back!
"People like us aren't supposed to win," marvels Wasserman of his ragtag crew of neighborhood activists who, he jokes, "will probably be fighting with each other tomorrow."
That's why you won so handily, Wasserman! You brought everyone together.
Jan 16, 2013
commented on Marco's Choice
Perhaps Rubio would have Obama propose that we go back in time and stop the Newtown shooting from happening?