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Jun 14, 2016 nullbull commented on How Seattle Took Forever to Build a Very Fast Light Rail Line.
Simple fact - Portlands system will top out with lower frequencies and smaller capacities. They can't carry as many per trip, and they can't bring the frequency up due to choke points on shared bridges. This infrastructure will be around for over 100 years. Making the first 15-20 faster at the cost of being able to handle growth for the second 80 is a small-time strategy that costs in the long run. I'm glad we're doing it better now. Though we should all note that we screwed the Rainier Valley on this score. But then, we always screw the Rainier Valley, don't we?
Jun 10, 2016 nullbull commented on Tim Eyman Gives Up on Anti-Light Rail Initiative.
So it would slash excise taxes on cars AND remove tolls from 2 highways. How many times will this dude write initiatives that address 2 separate issues, and have them struck down for addressing 2 separate issues. AT this point, he KNOWS this is bound for the courts.

He doesn't write Constitutional laws, and when he does, he violates the initiative process' rules, which even I KNOW BY NOW. This is nothing but Washington State Court Spam. That's all he does now. There's a law against frivolous lawsuits - when will there be a law against frivolous, bound-to-be-illegal initiatives?
Jun 6, 2016 nullbull commented on AP Just Called the Democratic Nomination for Clinton.
Called. Also inevitable so as far as "calling it" goes, meh.
May 14, 2016 nullbull commented on UPDATE: Red Mill Burgers Owner John Shepherd Apologizes for Sexist, Transphobic Online Comments and Resigns.
Calling people names is bad. But if all the men on the council voted against something that a local female business owner didn't agree with and she called them all dickheads or assholes or pigs, there would be zero issue. She might even get some "right ons!" from the congregation.

Dude shouldn't lose his job. If you think this creates fewer sexists in the world, you're wrong. See if his business suffers with him still there. If it does, that's what he gets. Sexists and trans-phobes are assholes. And we can and should expose their assholery. But firing the dude? Solving nothing, teaching nothing, changing nothing. Pure authoritarian, animal-brain vengeance. Not justice, not change. Just vengeance.
May 10, 2016 nullbull commented on More Growth Please.
Seattle, pretty undeniably, when compared to other cities in the United States, has a very bi-polar housing base - you're mostly either in a multi-family zone or you're in a pure, single-family residential zone. Very, very few duplex and triplex situations. Very few 3-flats (3 stories, one unit per story). Very few modular and small unit options. The townhomes that are "popping up everywhere," if you look at raw numbers, are still a small minority of overall housing stock.

Housing stock DIVERSITY is important. We need more, and our current zoning still discourages options. For instance, 2 alley-facing townhomes just went in across from my place. They are vertically laid out, and are 4 stories each. We asked the developer why they didn't build a 4-flat. They said that when you arrange units horizontally instead of vertically, you are classified differently and each unit becomes vastly more expensive to produce due to zoning requirements.

That's a shame - This building could have had 4 really nice sized units, and they could have been more affordable due to location. Due to a sloping lot, 2 of them could have been entered at-grade, making them accessible to a wide variety of people, and 2 would have been on upper floors. ~1300 sq. feet per unit.

We need a mix that includes a lot of kinds of units. Affordability is a decades-long game. We need to increase diversity faster NOW in order to manage affordability in the 2020s and 2030s. And we're still not doing it.
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Apr 29, 2016 nullbull commented on Seattle Police Stop Another Near-Fatal Overdose With Naloxone.
This is good. Police are put in the position of being EMTs, social services, and several other roles that they shouldn't be in. But are. I'm glad they're saving lives where and how they can. This is a good step, but not enough by itself. The cops save these people. Now our society needs to support their road to recovery - because it's more humane, better long term, and frankly CHEAPER for all of us.
Apr 29, 2016 nullbull commented on Mayor Ed Murray Wants to Tax Businesses to Hire Cops, Not Enforce Labor Laws.
B&O tax is terrible. There are ways to tax business that are fair and don't hurt small local companies, but the B&O tax doesn't do that. Income tax now.
Apr 15, 2016 nullbull commented on The Viaduct Will Be Closed for Two Weeks Starting April 29.
I hope it sinks, we murder it like we should have 10 years ago, and build a cheaper cut-n-cover tunnel. The amount of money we spent on keeping the lanes open during construction alone aren't worth it. Let freight move, get everyone else off it, and build the resulting replacement faster, cheaper, and better.

Rip off the damn band-aid.
Apr 15, 2016 nullbull commented on A Little Under a Month After My Liberation from the Most Dangerous Street in Seattle.
The problem with Rainier starts at the ends, and largely at the north end. The "bow-tie" solution, where S-bound Rainier becomes MLK and S-bound MLK becomes Rainier is the best I've seen in terms of addressing the root of the problem.

If you think we need some kind of freeway-like car sewer in SE Seattle, fine. But we're currently paying for 2. MLK and Rainier are both 4 lanes, and they're never more than 6 blocks from each other from Beach to Mt. Baker. MLK has a 35 speed limit and Rainier has a 30. MLK was completely rebuilt with sensors on lights, separated, dedicated-signal, larger capacity turn lanes and all kinds of other stuff <10 years ago. Rainier has sections neglected for decades that are dark, strewn with trash, and straight up deadly (Andover and Rainier anyone? Same @ Letitia, Genesee, Orcas, Willow...).

Put the vast majority of the cars on MLK, take them off Rainier. MLK was state highway 900, BTW. So, same thing, same problem.

But we route more lanes onto Rainier than we do onto MLK and we bitch about how the road diet slows us down.