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Feb 27, 2014 Mr. X commented on Traffic Through Downtown Has Been Declining for Years Now.
As everyone who drives in Seattle can attest, travel times to and through all of the City - including Downtown - are longer than they've ever been.

Feb 21, 2014 Mr. X commented on Plummeting Viaduct Traffic Raises Questions About Need for Tunnel.
PS - I was actively involved since the mid-1990's in numerous efforts that opposed replacing the AWV with a toll tunnel, but given the choice between replacing the AWV with a tunnel or nothing, I'll take the tunnel (overruns and all).

Feb 21, 2014 Mr. X commented on Plummeting Viaduct Traffic Raises Questions About Need for Tunnel.
@34,

Lots of people want to go through Downtown Seattle to get to other parts of Seattle that are still, in fact, Seattle.

And most of the West Seattleites who opposed the tunnel wanted the Viaduct replaced in-kind, not the so-called "surface/transit" bullshit non-option mostly advocated by people who never get off of Capitol Hill.

As someone who goes from NE Seattle to W.Seattle several times a week, on their behalf and mine I offer you a hearty "GFY"
Feb 21, 2014 Mr. X commented on Poll Finds Strong Support for Creating a Seattle Metropolitan Parks District.
@18,

Um, yeah. The City Council will surely be as accountable for their decisions on an un-directly elected MPD as the elected officials from various jurisdictions are for the decisions they make in their capacity as members of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Which is to say - not at all.

I'm giving the opposition campaign money the moment they open their bank account - and once the voters know the facts about the proposed MPD these self-serving poll numbers will plummet.

Feb 19, 2014 Mr. X commented on Poll Finds Strong Support for Creating a Seattle Metropolitan Parks District.
Did this little self-serving poll include the fact that once approved an MPD can levy taxes in perpetuity without a public vote? Thought not.
Feb 13, 2014 Mr. X commented on Vast Majority of Seattle Voters Support $15 Minimum Wage.
A better headline might have been "68% of Seattle voters want a pony, support falls to 45% when they are informed that the pony will cost something."

Feb 11, 2014 Mr. X commented on Housing and Capitalism.
#14,

So high-rise residential developers lower their rents to reflect the savings your little academic model purports to prove, then? Bull-fucking-shit.

BTW - most of the properties where the value is all in the land is because they have old buildings on them, not new ones. And, usually, the owner of those sorts of properties often has a low or no mortgage payment, and this allows them to keep their rents lower.

When those old buildings get torn down to make room for the high-density development that you tirelessly shill for, the new commercial tenants also have to be able to pay the freight to rent in a new upscale building. And this phenomena is also helping drive the cost of living in Seattle up, too.
Feb 11, 2014 Mr. X commented on Housing and Capitalism.
@11,

Bull-fucking-shit - a new building with all of the related costs to construct it will always have higher rent that the one that it replaced.

Feb 7, 2014 Mr. X commented on Developers Sue to Make Seattle More Developer-Friendly.
@62,

Nobody is owed an upzone on their developable property. If developers want one, they get to contribute a public good - in this case, affordable housing (though the City's definition of same certainly isn't affordable to most working people, but that's a different subject).

New Urbanists love to wet themselves over Vancouver BC, which requires a much larger proportion of much more affordable housing than Seattle electeds will likely ever have the guts to demand from developers (oops - I mean their campaign funders).

Feb 3, 2014 Mr. X commented on Developers Sue to Make Seattle More Developer-Friendly.
@54,

Head on up to the Issaquah plateau and get back to us about how high-end higher-density development in Seattle prevents sprawl. Bullshit.

@55,

Indeed.

 

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