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/in before the armchair generals
West of I-5.... marginally faster buses down Aurora...
I voted for you in the primary and in the general but not again.
Are you aware how much money the SLUT burns up each year in operational costs? Or even worse, Portland's streetcars? Where does that budget come from?
But don't forget: It started in the Mayor's office, basketball fans.
The toll revenue shortfall from that makes this pennies on the dollar.
Say that out loud a few times, and then think about the issue again.
It's a moot point, however, given that Pete Holmes is going to be our next mayor.
Cleveland would be a total shit hole to live in if hadn't been for some major public amenities put in place when we were the shit, when our "millionaires row" was known worldwide.
When your thinking about this type of stuff, try and look down the road 100 years. And I don't mean just Rail and public transportation systems, we sorta dropped the ball on that one, but parks and recreation, educational institutions, museums, Arts & theater, sports teams, Utilities (congratulations your pubic electric utility is still producing power) your port and lake front er ocean front.....etc I think you get my point.
These aren't short term short return investments, they will be there to catch you when you start to decline.
Remember Burgess' panhandling bill, which McGinn vetoed? That's the type of Seattle Burgess wants: Sanitized for the wealthy, ignoring the rights of the disadvantaged.
It's all about the ridership. And the Streetcar Pub Crawls.
Just buy this ONE PROPERTY:
...and turn it into a park with bike lane. Suddenly you've got a beautiful waterfront ride with no hills all the way from the U to downtown.
I will be glad to see McGinn tossed out on his ass next election.
Unemployment would be fitting for a mayor who looks like a bum.
As for the SPD, they've basically make Mike "the hippy" McGinn their bitch, and as a result, the opportunity afforded by the DOJ was completely wasted. The city needs a politically savvy mayor with the brains and balls to outmaneuver the police union. Burgess might be the guy (in part because he understands how the SPD works), although I think Pete Holmes is a better bet.
Not quite. Really, the bill was about "sanitizing" Pioneer Square and Belltown for women so that they could feel safe. I don't know a single woman who enjoys being harassed on the street for money by drunk and/or mentally deranged men. As a result, many women won't go to Belltown or Pioneer square alone, and others avoid those places altogether.
But not you! You like your streets gritty and free of females!
the best use of money since the link lightrail is already going from Downtown to the U district?
buses bikes and pedestrians cause most 'stuck in traffic' situations - that and people that don't merge to the last minute. Oh and rich people in their sailboats going under the canal bridges at rush hour. From my observation these are most likely the same people that step off into traffic without looking and ride their bikes up the middle of a row of cars while screaming like an illiterate lobotomy patient "3 FEET 3 FEET!!"
So yes yes yes please ignore all of us addicted to fossil fuel air ruining jerks that are usually waiting for bikes and pedestrians playing out in the street and at bridges and build a bike path instead. And yeah spend half a million for a few asshats to look at the site and draw up a plan. Then ignore your neighbor when they walk past you and give a nice full on Seattle Freeze while tweeting about food trucks and how "you're such a foodie" Ciao!
Cleveland has completely fallen off the map because for decades, the city politicians and industrial tycoons abused its greatest amenity (the lakefront) for steel production. Now the city is left with hundreds of acres of polluted land, a horrible economy, and the frustration that none of the political leaders of the past had the foresight to consider what sort of implications their actions would have on the future.
There is a lot of building going on right now in Seattle and I know that can be scary to tax payers, but this sort of building is the kind of stuff that will make Seattle a world competitor in the future. When other cities are building highways and parking lots, Seattle is prioritizing rail, public parks, and bicycle infrastructure. There has been a major cultural shift happening in the last few years and ignoring that would go completely against what Seattle is all about. Gas is too expensive, people like to ride bikes, young people are flocking to cities. All of these things are translating into more people-oriented cities as opposed to a car-oriented cities. Mcginn has embraced this notion and Seattle will be better in the long run for it.
That said, I'd argue that route should be lower priority than other efforts. I am not a fan of the at-grade streetcar solution from downtown-Fremont-Ballard, and I think a bridge across the ship canal is going to be expensive (even if it's pedestrian/bicycle/transit only) and require ongoing operations costs (I can't see how you can do it without it being a drawbridge, requiring an operator). But I can't see how you provide anything remotely close to reasonably on-time service without a new bridge; the Fremont Bridge makes life difficult for the existing Metro service.
I'm also vehemently not a fan of extending BRT all the way to Madison Park. As someone noted above, the #11 is usually pretty close to empty once it passes Madison Valley, particularly at off-peak hours. Plus, I am suspecting the BRT solution will have to be electric trolley bus service, and I can't see Madison Park wanting overhead wire back when they fought so hard to get rid of it in the first place.
Huh? That's a very, very narrow interpretation of the bill's intents. Burgess never framed the intent of the bill that way. It seems you are inventing a straw man.
You like your streets gritty and free of females!
Oh, I see. You're trolling me. Good luck with that.
"Major cycling commuter route." Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!
If any of this is true, why has the percentage of people in Seattle who own cars not changed in 10 years, and why do more people own three cars than own none? And why is McGinn, the lying shithead, the least popular Seattle mayor in several decades?
McGinn has been overwhelmed by Seattle's vile business associations.
The point is that if you're so fed up with progressive infrastructure and politics maybe you should move to a city like Cleveland where you'll have ACTUAL political corruption and all the road you want for your "3 cars". If you do live in Seattle, you're a lot luckier than most people and clearly you don't realize that.
And this has nothing to do with Somolia, last I checked. I didn't like Cleveland so I moved to Seattle where the people like me outnumber the people like you.
I live and work in Seattle, just saying.
I will not vote for Bike McShwin again.
Renters vote for levies, then there landlord raises there rent and they bitch about it.