Achieve the Four Modernizations.

Jun 30 Hutch commented on Here's Where We Might See Three New City-Sanctioned Homeless Encampments.
The assurances that this is a "temporary solution" would mean more if there were forward progress and political will for a permanent solution, but there really isn't. Mark my words, this is going to be "out of site, out of mind."
Jun 25 Hutch commented on Fourth of July Will Not Be Deterred by Your Creeping Unease About the State of the Nation.
This entire state is going to be burned to the ground by July 5, given how little rain we've had and the heat wave coming.
Jun 23 Hutch commented on To the Sad Owner of a Capitol Hill Townhouse.
@24 - That's a design review board issue, not a density issue. And even as an urbanist, I agree - some of the mixed-use/multi-family dwellings built in this city in the last 5 years are monstrosities (see: pretty much everything built north of Market in Ballard).

Some of the amendments discussed at this meeting were aimed at improving the aesthetics of the built environment (I'm for more of the "wedding cake" layouts that step back from the street and maximize light, trees and air, not giant boxes). But a majority were pretty plainly being used as Trojan horses for knee-jerk NIMBYS who would do anything to encase their neighborhoods in amber to preserve their street parking. They want suburban amenities in an urban environment. I have absolutely no empathy for someone who fails to look at a zoning map before buying property.
Jun 22 Hutch commented on To the Sad Owner of a Capitol Hill Townhouse.
Thank you. Please write about urban development more, Dan. The tyranny of wealthy single-family home owners is stunting this city.
Jun 18 Hutch commented on Three People Review Threesome at ACT.
@1- Agreed. On that topic I look forward to the Stranger publicizing the Seattle Repertory Theater's upcoming Writer's Group showcase this weekend. Brand new work by local playwrights!:…
Jun 18 Hutch commented on Council Committee Passes Land Use Bill that Is Literally Making People Cry.
I've had the opportunity to live in multiple neighborhoods of Seattle over the last decade - some denser than others. I am sensitive to concerns about the drastic change in some of these neighborhoods. I like the idea of microhousing, but I'm also kind of aghast at some of the places where they're allowed - there's one going in Greenwood, which is a long ways away from downtown and not well-served by transit. This is probably more of a design review issue than a density issue, but whoever is responsible for the ugly monstrosities in Ballard north of Market Street should be shot.

That said, I'm mature enough to know that the design decisions we make now will affect the livability of our cities for decades to come. These may just be 10 percent of the city, but that's a 10 percent that's prime for more density - right on the margins of urban areas. I'd like to be able to call this city my home permanently, and I'm not going to be able to do that when 70 percent of it is million-dollar-plus single-family homes. I'd echo what someone said above about Sawant - this is where the rubber meets the road on systemic housing affordability across the economic spectrum. I know that fighting for developers isn't sexy, but I can't take a politician who doesn't recognize the connection between supply and price seriously.
Jun 10 Hutch commented on City Officials Reject Creating a Municipal Broadband Network to Compete with Comcast.
Quick back of the envelope math: With $463 million (the low-end estimate of the cost of this project) we could:

- Provide 2,736,844 new Metro service hours (more than 10 times what we got with $45 million in Prop. 1).

- Complete our $240 million, 10 year bicycle master plan twice over, adding 908 miles of bike lanes, paths, sharrows and signed bike routes.

- Potentially cover 1/3 of the cost of light rail between Ballard and UW, or almost half of a Westside Transit Tunnel:…

- Almost triple the $229 million annual budget of the Seattle Housing Authority.

This is an unfathomable amount of money to consider spending on something that's, at worst, a minor annoyance for your average citizen.
Jun 10 Hutch commented on City Officials Reject Creating a Municipal Broadband Network to Compete with Comcast.

Yes, because the past decade has most certainly been marked with a mass exodus of tech companies from Seattle. Perhaps intrepid reporter Ansel Herz could look into this angle - is the current status of broadband in Seattle a deterrent to companies (I'm talking big companies, not bar owners who are pissed off about occasional outages). Again, what is the problem that's being solved by this aside from potentially slightly cheaper monthly bills (if everything pencils out correctly) and the smug satisfaction of knowing that we spent half a billion dollars to tell Comcast to fuck off. Why not just have our local Banksy wannabe hang a "Fuck" above Comcast's Seattle office?
Jun 10 Hutch commented on City Officials Reject Creating a Municipal Broadband Network to Compete with Comcast.
I'm a died-blue liberal who is chomping at the bit to pay more taxes for buses, bike lanes, affordable housing and social services. But I'm really failing to understand the problem that corresponds with this $500 million solution. I understand that an internet outage can really hurt a business and majorly inconvenience a random citizen, but I don't buy the idea that municipal fiberoptic lines would be any more reliable than private ones. I don't like dealing with Comcast customer service any more than the next person, but I've rarely had to in the ~10 years I've lived in Seattle. I pay $40 for a basic internet package right now - it's plenty fast to do 99 percent of the things I'd ever need to do online - I'm not a gamer or programmer. I'm all for low-income and underserved populations gaining internet access, but I fail to see how that couldn't be achieved with more computers and wifi being made available at our libraries and community centers for what's comparatively chump change. If this were filling a need that the private sector wasn't I might be more convinced, but this just seems like an exorbitantly expensive way to spite giant corporations. This is tax money that could be used for many more pressing issues.
Jun 9 Hutch commented on Man Says He Witnessed a Transgender Person Being Attacked on Capitol Hill Last Night.
Has anyone actually talked to the victim, or is this all based off of a vague police report, one person's account and Facebook hysterics? How do we know the victim is transgender - a guess by the witness?

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