Comments for West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 22 May 2018 22:00:18 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Comment on What do you want to see in SDOT’s new boss? Plus, hear from its interim boss in West Seattle by MJ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/what-do-you-want-to-see-in-sdots-new-boss-plus-hear-from-its-interim-boss-in-west-seattle/#comment-2150980 Tue, 22 May 2018 22:00:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917343#comment-2150980 1994 agreed there were a few questionable questions that have no relation to a new Director.

Nolan even if a very connected bike system were in place bike ridership while it would go up a bit still would not make up a significant portion of commuter trips.  Winter weather sucks, the hilly terrain is challenging and if you have kids drop off pick up from daycare is far easier via car.  Further some people simply cannot ride due to physical health reasons.

I do ride extensively during nice weather and providing an appropriate bike system is important, but not at the expense of taking existing street space away from other uses when it significantly compromises capacity.

A new SDoT Director needs to be PE that fully understands traffic with a backbone to follow the technical, not political, criteria.

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Comment on What do you want to see in SDOT’s new boss? Plus, hear from its interim boss in West Seattle by Nolan http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/what-do-you-want-to-see-in-sdots-new-boss-plus-hear-from-its-interim-boss-in-west-seattle/#comment-2150978 Tue, 22 May 2018 21:46:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917343#comment-2150978 Ah, so when you said “culture”, you actually meant to say “topography”. That’s quite a typo.

No one claims that *everyone* will be riding bikes with good bike infrastructure, just like not everyone drives their own car or walks to downtown. But if you want space for you to drive anywhere you please, you should be pushing as hard as you can for highly connected bike infrastructure: congestion will cease to be a problem for people who want to use bikes instead of driving, e.g. me, and that frees up more space on the road for you. Is that not a win-win situation?

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Comment on DEVELOPMENT: 3 project notes from Junction, Luna Park, Morgan by Also John http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/development-3-project-notes-from-junction-luna-park-morgan/#comment-2150977 Tue, 22 May 2018 21:38:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916868#comment-2150977 Fundamental….  No!  Picture two vehicles parked on each side of your driveway entrance with their bumpers lined up perfectly with the end of the driveway width.  Good luck getting out….especially if a car is parked directly across from your driveway.  You can’t make the turn.  I’ve been unable to get into my driveway, because of these illegal parkers.  

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Comment on BIZNOTE: West Seattle Junction restaurant Fresh Bistro has closed after 9 years by thee http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-west-seattle-junction-restaurant-fresh-bistro-has-closed-after-9-years/#comment-2150976 Tue, 22 May 2018 21:36:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917353#comment-2150976 A couple things here:

1. To say there is no close-in parking is simply not credible. There is plenty. 

2. The food was OK. Solidly OK. Service was usually above average. 

3. Price point’s were good. People flock to EBay Brewing and that place has (usually) disappointing food and similar price points. That place is packed. 

4. As usual in failed restaurants, this place failed to do outreach. Their marketing was non-existent. There was little connection to the community.

5. The casual dining niche which they coveted was usurped by the likes of Raccolto, Itto’s, Jaks, Ma’ono as well as the newer, hipper joints like Supreme and New Luck Toy. They did not react and got left behind. 

6. After a while this place became not exciting. The decor didn’t change. The menu didn’t change. Nothing changed and slowly, things began to slip. Here we are. 

–finis–

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Comment on WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: Elected Leadership Group agrees to advance ‘Pigeon Ridge,’ ‘Oregon Street’ concepts to next level by Jeff http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-light-rail-elected-leadership-group-agrees-to-advance-pigeon-ridge-oregon-street-concepts-to-next-level/#comment-2150974 Tue, 22 May 2018 21:31:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916970#comment-2150974 The reason why ST and City of Seattle like the base option and the Oregon St option is so they can blow up North Delridge area and buy out (steal) all the housing. Then build multi-family housing in its place.

They intentionally snaked it through the neighborhood for an excuse to buy up property for construction staging and trailers. Then after the project, they can flip that expensive property for high end apartments. 

If anyone thinks that they’ll build affordable HALA housing in those stolen properties in North Delridge, you’re dreaming. The contractors will pay the minor fee to have the affordable housing built elsewhere, away from here (a.k.a. White Center, where ST is providing “upgraded” bus system).

They are using the 4(f) review as a scapegoat. The golf course isn’t truly a city park. Only rich yuppies can play there. You think they’ll let Delridge or White Center kids play in that “park”?

This is the rich pandering to the richer.

Stakeholders Advisory Group and the Elected Leadership Group are just as corrupt and self-serving as Sound Transit and the City of Seattle.

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Comment on BIZNOTE: West Seattle Junction restaurant Fresh Bistro has closed after 9 years by seaopgal http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-west-seattle-junction-restaurant-fresh-bistro-has-closed-after-9-years/#comment-2150973 Tue, 22 May 2018 21:22:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917353#comment-2150973 Perfect place for a Veggie Grill. Pretty please!!

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Comment on WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: Elected Leadership Group agrees to advance ‘Pigeon Ridge,’ ‘Oregon Street’ concepts to next level by RBG http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-light-rail-elected-leadership-group-agrees-to-advance-pigeon-ridge-oregon-street-concepts-to-next-level/#comment-2150972 Tue, 22 May 2018 21:21:49 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916970#comment-2150972 I think the intent behind keeping the Oregon option alive was mostly as a tunnel option, not elevated. In a tunnel with one station entrance at the Key Bank lot and the other at the Chase drive thru on Edmonds it could be the best option.  

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Comment on DEVELOPMENT: 3 project notes from Junction, Luna Park, Morgan by Mars http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/development-3-project-notes-from-junction-luna-park-morgan/#comment-2150968 Tue, 22 May 2018 21:11:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916868#comment-2150968 I’m cool with it.

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Comment on BIZNOTE: West Seattle Junction restaurant Fresh Bistro has closed after 9 years by Dan http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-west-seattle-junction-restaurant-fresh-bistro-has-closed-after-9-years/#comment-2150967 Tue, 22 May 2018 21:10:04 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917353#comment-2150967 I remember when The Junction wasn’t busy, but there were only a couple of good places to eat and/or shop.  It’s a shame that this place is closing, but it was growth in The Junction that made it possible for it to open in the first place.

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Comment on Second ‘2 concerts, 1 night’ by West Seattle Community Orchestras by Heartless? http://westseattleblog.com/event/second-2-concerts-1-night-by-west-seattle-community-orchestras/#comment-2150966 Tue, 22 May 2018 21:02:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?post_type=ai1ec_event&p=915989#comment-2150966 These groups have really improved over the years.  From the listeners point of view, pretty cheap entertainment.  Highly recommend!

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Comment on What do you want to see in SDOT’s new boss? Plus, hear from its interim boss in West Seattle by a http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/what-do-you-want-to-see-in-sdots-new-boss-plus-hear-from-its-interim-boss-in-west-seattle/#comment-2150964 Tue, 22 May 2018 20:47:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917343#comment-2150964 What you are failing to mention and it’s a pretty important fact that mutes your argument, is that the Netherlands(Amsterdam) is flat. Seattle has these things called hills and lots of them. Therefore, in my entitled opinion, Seattle will never be the biking city that Amsterdam is. You could put a bike lane on every road in the city and that doesn’t mean it will get used except for by a very small minority. The city can try all it wants to force us onto bikes but it’s not gonna happen. Just look at all the green and yellow ride share bikes littered everywhere. If Seattle were a biking city and bikes were in high demand, I wouldn’t see the same green bike laying on the sidewalk for over a week. You call me entitled, I call me a realist

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Comment on BIZNOTE: West Seattle Junction restaurant Fresh Bistro has closed after 9 years by s http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-west-seattle-junction-restaurant-fresh-bistro-has-closed-after-9-years/#comment-2150958 Tue, 22 May 2018 20:23:54 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917353#comment-2150958 I thought Fundamental was giving good and sincere advice on Uber…not everybody knows about it and it might be very useful for a disabled person

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Comment on BIZNOTE: West Seattle Junction restaurant Fresh Bistro has closed after 9 years by happyspider http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-west-seattle-junction-restaurant-fresh-bistro-has-closed-after-9-years/#comment-2150957 Tue, 22 May 2018 20:21:57 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917353#comment-2150957 I am so shocked to know Fresh Bistro is closed!!! That is one of my favorite dinner places!  We love the mussel fries there! So sad :(

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Comment on What do you want to see in SDOT’s new boss? Plus, hear from its interim boss in West Seattle by D http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/what-do-you-want-to-see-in-sdots-new-boss-plus-hear-from-its-interim-boss-in-west-seattle/#comment-2150956 Tue, 22 May 2018 20:20:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917343#comment-2150956 “As the Interim Director, Goran has worked tirelessly to deliver on our transportation priorities with the utmost accountability and transparency,” 

So, if I read this quote, we had a person in the SDOT who knew the troubles with our projects (streetcar, bike lanes), but did not make his boss or the mayor aware there were massive financial problems with multiple projects, or was quashed by these two people to avoid further embarrassment to the city. Sounds like we need two new people to lead.

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Comment on Will Highland Park’s roundabout ever be funded? SDOT update Wednesday by ScottAmick http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/will-highland-parks-roundabout-ever-be-funded-sdot-update-wednesday/#comment-2150955 Tue, 22 May 2018 20:15:31 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917405#comment-2150955 I think some real improvement is needed at this intersection.  I don’t often bike through this intersection but wow it was a bad experience when I tried it recently.  I came up Highland Park Way on the only path/sidewalk there is and there wasn’t a safe gap in traffic to cross over at Holden so I went a couple more blocks south until sightlines and speeds allowed for crossing. 

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