Mar 24 Mr. X commented on Morning News: Why New Link Stations Triggered Ridership Surge, and Why Bernie Sanders Is Not the Same as Donald Trump.
"50,000 people on the train exactly means 50,000 people not in cars."

Abject, complete, utter bullshit. Even ST doesn't try and make this claim.

For the most part, those 25,000 people (reduced by 50% for round trips) aren't on buses anymore.

I'm glad LRT is finally open (albeit 10 years later than originally promised to voters), but let's don't try and gild the lily here.
Mar 10 Mr. X commented on Seattle “Progressives” Have a Lesson to Learn from San Francisco.
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And someone needs to send these New Urbanist douchenozzles the memo that density in Seattle is in no way preventing development in the suburbs - Newcastle, Maple Valley, and lots of other suburban/exurban locations are still growing like topsy.
Mar 10 Mr. X commented on Seattle “Progressives” Have a Lesson to Learn from San Francisco.
@11,

Good post.

I'd add that the other thing that needs to happen in the Bay Area is that Palo Alto, Mountain View, and other smaller towns need to build more multifamily housing (horrors - sprawl!), and the young tech bros who live in SF and work in the Silicon Valley should suck it up and move closer to their jobs.
Mar 4 Mr. X commented on We Can't Start Building Tall Buildings Next To Short Ones!.
When you go through a series Historic Preservation Board meetings and are told repeatedly that your design doesn't cut it, you change the design or face the consequences (and that same board has signed off on plenty of other new buildings).

Too bad, so sad. Pound sand, motherfuckers!

Mar 4 Mr. X commented on We Can't Start Building Tall Buildings Next To Short Ones!.
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Totally irrelevant - it's in a legally designated historic district and the developer has to play by those rules. If they don't want to, they can go pound sand and someone else will develop it in a way that complies with the code. Life will go on.
Mar 3 Mr. X commented on We Can't Start Building Tall Buildings Next To Short Ones!.
The developers were well on notice that their project violated the restrictions imposed in the Pioneer Square historic district, and gambled that the City would let them get away with it. They didn't, so now they'll have to come back with a design that is compliant. Too bad so sad.

I'm glad there were NIMBY (that word is sure losing its power fast) neighbors there whose private interest helped enforce the public interest.

It may shock the New Urbanists who post here, but lots of people really do appreciate the rules that preserve historic districts, and the attempt to vilify the neighbors who just kicked the City's ass in front of it's own Hearing Examiner (a rare occurrence indeed) is just cheap sour grapes bullshit.

Feb 24 Mr. X commented on Pioneer Square Neighbors Fight Apartment Building, Save Parking Garage.
....btw, that building has been used as a garage for nearly 100 years.
Feb 24 Mr. X commented on Pioneer Square Neighbors Fight Apartment Building, Save Parking Garage.
Jesus Fucking Christ this is some Fox "News" worthy dishonest framing.

The proposed building is a total mismatch with a designated historic district, and the developers were well on notice that this was a problem.

This isn't about "saving a garage", it's about the need to redesign a building that should never have gotten this far in the process.

I expect this sort of sophomoric tripe from cub "reporter" Ansel Herz.
Feb 23 Mr. X commented on Should the City Stop Doing Road Repairs/Upgrades in the Central District?.
...and, conversely, the existence of single family zoning hasn't priced anyone out of Bakersfield or Aberdeen, either.

Name even one place with as hot an economy as Seattle or San Fran that has affordable housing because they lack zoning and/or because they don't require developers to provide it.

That simplistic Econ 101 New Urbanist mythmaking is straight-up Reaganomics, and is every bit as bad for poor and working class people at St Ronnie's voodoo economics was....
Feb 23 Mr. X commented on Should the City Stop Doing Road Repairs/Upgrades in the Central District?.
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Utter bullshit - nobody has a god given right to an upzone in ANY zone - be it SF, MF, LR or whatever. Even developer asskissers DPD understand this, which is why they are proposing measures (albeit too limited) that would require developers to give something to get upzones.

Name one city where upzoning has actually created affordability without requiring it, or where the lack of zoning has created affordability. Houston? Shanghai?