Category: Seattle

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Seattle Traffic

Danny Westneat has noticed that traffic in Seattle appears to be getting worse: People who study the psychology of commuting theorize that once daily travel times reach an upper limit, people start to break. Other than a few hardy super-commuters, most people will move, change jobs or begin loudly agitating for political change rather than keep up with the self-torture. Is Seattle about to break? Feels like it. If so, would we finally try to do something about the traffic? Surely no one is surprised. The good news will be if, yes, people are about to break and start moving...

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Requiescat In Pace ~ Seattle PI: 1843-2009

Today marks the end of the Seattle PI‘s print edition: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the region’s pioneer newspaper and the city’s oldest continually operating business, a newspaper that both shaped and was shaped by the community it covered, prints its last edition Tuesday — nearly a century and a half after its forebear first rolled off a hand-cranked Ramage press promising to be “the best and cheapest promulgator of all sorts of useful information.” The above linkis to the PI’s new online offering. Here is a message from the PI staff and some readers: We switched from the Seattle Times to...

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Build It Privately or Let the Sonics Go At the End of Their Lease

Steve Kelley is back to wanting to subsidize the Sonic’s owners and players. OK, I understand. He has never been opposed to using tax payer money to line Clay Bennett’s pockets; to help pay the dramatically excessive player salaries. Some comments on a few of Steve’s thoughts: These robber barons want to move the team, period. Nothing new here. The rest of us knew this from the day the sale was announced. And this detailed relocation plan is a sobering call to arms for Seattle’s mayor and city council, for the governor and the state Legislature. And a call for...

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Do They Read Their Own Paper

Today’s Seattle Times has some interesting articles on population growth in Seattle and Phoenix. There are many more important issues in both articles however in this brief note I simply want to ask the question: Why don’t they read their own articles before they put the paper to press? In the Seattle article is the following: Nickels favors the most aggressive of four growth scenarios envisioned by planners, one that would add 350,000 people to Seattle’s population, which now stands at about 575,000. …… Planners generally agree that the four-county Puget Sound area will see its population swell by 1.6...

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Support the Key Arena Rebuild

Seattle’s mayor nickels is making this much harder than it needs to be: You could practically hear the clank in Olympia on Monday after Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels asked leading state Democrats to endorse a hypothetical tax package to fund the $220 million KeyArena renovation the Sonics are demanding, a proposal the city essentially rejected more than six weeks ago. “Before sitting down again with the team and negotiating, we must be assured that we have the full support of the governor and the leadership of the state Legislature to negotiate a package that includes up to $220 million for...