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Jun 30, 2016 nullbull commented on Light Rail and Urbanism for Seattle's Rich.
Beacon Hill Station, where the above picture was taken, is getting 112 new affordable units built by El Centro De La Raza right now. We have Rainier Vista's subsidized housing near Columbia City Station. We have the subsidized artist lofts near Mt. Baker Station. There are available lots to develop (one currently housing a tiny house village for the homeless) near Rainier Beach Station. We're doing this - not enough yet, but it's happening.
Jun 30, 2016 nullbull commented on Light Rail and Urbanism for Seattle's Rich.
@16, 17 - How incredibly myopic. Today's emergent middle class - those people just entering middle-classdom - increasingly cannot afford this city. OF COURSE there are middle class people living here now. The question is whether they will continue to be able to live here. Current trends, if they hold up, point to no. When we had a robust middle class, the rule of thumb was to never spend more than 25% of your gross income on housing. Can you even fathom that? No, if you're looking for a home right now, you can't even fathom that. Our standards for middle affordability, like all standards for affordability below the mega-rich, have eroded massively.
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.
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.