Nov 20, 2013
commented on A Photograph of the First Socialist on the Seattle City Council (Circa 1878)
@2 imagine a few years later, when the main railroad terminal was a few blocks west, and there was no seawall. So people would get dropped off from the train in an unfamiliar area that was unlit at night and all the 'sidewalks' were piers over tideflats. Lots of folks (drunks, visitors, rubes, some combination of the three) fell into the flats.
Nov 1, 2013
commented on The Greatest TV Show I've Never Seen
"The Independents (episode 9)": The Outlaws work as taxi drivers to protect an independent cab fleet from the vicious competition.
Wasn't this the plot of DC Cab?
Oct 29, 2013
commented on Yeah, I Can Get Pretty Fired Up About Seattle Politics
@9 only some lots at the UW are gated (such as montlake). Sometimes they will post people to take your $ at ungated lots (such as near Hec Ed during basketball games). But most of the time you can drive onto the main campus without paying - stopping at the booths is optional.
Nov 30, 2012
commented on Riding In Psych Lanes
@61: There is now a signed (but not completed) Greenway on 39th Ave NE, paid for by Children's Hospital. 39th was the street everyone used anyway to leave the Burke-Gilman and head up into the hinterlands of Wedgwood. You'd use it, too, if you were heading north; it's a long, steady uphill, and there isn't much on the adjoining arterials (35th and 40th) that would make you want to travel up them exclusively. Sure, cut over to the PCC when you hit 65th, or climb up to Top Pot when you hit 70th, but otherwise there isn't much there there.
Going downhill (south), I usually take 35th or 40th instead because it's an arterial and you don't have to slow way down at the cross-streets like you have to/should when you're on 39th.
Anyway, it's more than just sharrows and signs; they put in islands on all the crossing arterials, so that you can go halfway across, and the plan is to put stop signs on all the crossing non-arterials (for example, NE 62nd St). Which points out the key thing about Greenways - they're mostly for people who are too timid to ride arterials like, say, me when biking with my 9-year old to school. Or people who don't want to use the arterial, like (apparently) most cyclists biking uphill for 35 blocks straight from the BGT.
Like the blurb from the city says, they're an alternative. You don't have to use them, but you can if you want. There are still sharrows on 35th NE (and maybe 40th; I don't pay that much attention to them), even though the Greenway is there a few blocks away.
Sep 4, 2012
commented on This Hole Keeps Getting Bigger
To be pedantic (I work in the UW Tower, so I'm allowed), it's the Deca Hotel now, and the apartment tower at 47th and 9th is taller than the Deca.