Nov 15, 2016
commented on Guest Editorial: Now More than Ever, Seattle Must Welcome Upzones
Yes, let's add a ton of new "Innovation District" high-tech office buildings to one of the last economically diverse and affordable neighborhoods in Seattle. After all, that worked out so well for the former working class businesses and residents in South Lake Union.
Nov 2, 2016
commented on Nate Silver Is Here To Ruin Your Morning
Dream on - one week of Republican negative ads would have had most 'Muricans convinced Sanders is the bastard love child of Josef Stalin and Hugo Chavez.
Sep 15, 2016
commented on Long Live the War on Cars: Regional Leaders Call for More Mass Transit as City Unveils Plans to Lower Speed Limits
The war on cars is a war on people - in Seattle, the 60 or so percent of them who commute to work in SOV's or carpools, and the other 20 or so percent who use them after they get home from work on their hour-long bus ride to go shopping, pick their kids up from practice, etc etc etc.
Funny thing is - when you make war on people in how they go about their day-to-day lives, they tend to get a bit hostile about it. So fuck you and your war on cars.
Sep 1, 2016
commented on Despite Advocates' Proposal, Mayor Convenes Task Force to Talk Some More About Homeless Sweeps
Serious question - how much crap are homeless people supposed to be able to pile up before someone is allowed to do something with it. One mattress? Two? Three? Do clean up crews have to pick through a pile of needles to try and find someone's temporary ID that is buried in the same pile of what looks like garbage with them? These are not unreasonable concerns - and a lot of homeless folks are mentally ill and have hoarder-ish tendencies. Is each and every thing in that shopping cart a gem that must be preserved?
Service providers might want to help develop a system - red backpacks, clear ready-made signage, etc - that helps those tasked with these cleanups identify items that need to be saved. Perhaps the city should consider modular lockers that can be brought in by truck and placed in freeway right-of-ways where garbage is piling up that give folks the option (something reasonable - say a 2 x 3 foot space or something along those lines) of locking up essential items. But the trash problem is a real one, and service providers do themselves and their credibility no favors by pretending it isn't.
Aug 12, 2016
commented on Why State Senator Reuven Carlyle—a Democrat Representing Ballard—Won't Endorse Sound Transit 3
I generally dislike Carlyle (aka Neoliberal Charter School Tech Toady #1) but he's got stones to buck the D establishment on this - ST3 is WAY too expensive and WAY WAY too regressive.
(PS to the poster @1 - even though I think it would be an improvement if sales taxes were truly limited an income tax is NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER going to happen in WA. Did I say NEVER enough?)
Jul 5, 2016
commented on #RezoneSeattle
Actual, a real progressive would advocate for stronger government regulation of business, and end to subsidies to attract tech jobs to overcrowded markets like Seattle, significant impact fees, significant construction of public (vs nonprofit) housing, and serious intervention in the so-called free market that is failing most of the (soon-to-be-former) residents of Seattle as well as those of areas that really need job growth and new residents.