Thoughts on Transportation: West Seattle Edition

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  • #901697

    22blades
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    We’ve become accustomed to hearing politicians, transportation policy wonks and industry interests espousing their various “transportation solutions”. Sometimes I think we’re just hearing from inside the box. I am curious what everyday people think about solutions, in or out of the box for solutions. Disclosure: I volunteered for the “failed” attempt to bring a monorail to West Seattle. I was raised in Japan where monorails are common and it was a bit hard to see people dismiss them as “toys”.

    What do you think? (No laughing at any reasonable ideas :-)

    I know for one thing, I don’t want this (Yesterday in LA 11/22/17):

    http://www.thedrive.com/news/16344/hellish-los-angeles-thanksgiving-traffic-jam-will-make-you-glad-you-live-elsewhere

    P.S. Happy Thanksgiving

    #901995

    JoB
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    i am with you.. investing in public transportation is investing in our future..
    if nothing else it will take cars off the road so that those who drive can do so more easily.
    but.. in Seattle where we must have perfection or nothing i am guessing we will get whatever will make developers the most money.. because they are invested in the outcome.

    #902044

    KBear
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    22blades, it could be that people are reluctant to engage with you because of your weird post and lack of response on the Sleepers in Seattle thread.

    #902288

    22blades
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    Hmm.. I see. Probably not the best thought out response there. I am actually going through a similar ordeal. The response was from the view of not vetting out a business before proceeding with a purchase. I was in a bit of a urgent situation made worse by my poor choice of business. I’m sick of the situation and I absolutely feel for the person who started that thread. It’s awful and it’s leading to a very unhappy and very expensive end. My apologies if my response came out weird.

    #902289

    22blades
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    On transportation; I have cared for elderly parents with challenges for a few years now and I can attest to the fact that it is becoming very difficult for seniors and caretakers to function in Seattle. Lack of parking, particularly handicapped on downtown streets and some bus service being curtailed has had a major impact on people with challenges. As JoB said about the future, the age demographics of this city is like a giant ignored elephant. A “bunch” of us are getting older and we’ll have to find a way to keep everyone productive and relevant.

    #902291

    JoB
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    kBear.. really? killing the messenger is your response?

    #902302

    KBear
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    JoB, I thought 22blades’ post on the other thread needed clarification. I know others did, too, especially in light of the seemingly unfounded accusation of anti-Semitism. It seemed as though they might not be following the other thread, so I posted here. I would hardly call it “killing the messenger”.

    #902303

    KBear
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    22blades, thanks for clarifying.

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by  KBear.
    #902440

    22blades
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    No worries. I still feel bad I wrote it in a way it got misconstrued. Goes to show, that I / we should put a little more care into how and what we write.

    P.S. My situation got worse. I am able to absorb this situation, but a person with less means could easily go down the slippery slope financially. Transactions gone bad like this can lead to people really depending on infrastructure like public transit for essential mobility.

    #902447

    JanS
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    22blades…yes, thanks for the clarification. Regarding transportation. I no longer take Metro. They have time and time again directed me to at least 2 connections from nearby Calif and Admiral to downtown, specifically 3rd and Seneca. Then they nicely informed me to walk from there to 7th and Madison, where most of my appointemnts are. I’m 70, I walk currently with a walker. Yeah, good luck with that !. I most always take the Senior Services Hyde Shuttle to that area…It’s free, with donations if you choose. You have to plan in advance, and at times a 1 hour appt can take 5 hours because of pick up times. So, I get where you’re coming from. And it sucks. This city wants to be moving forward, a livable city for everything. I have learned that if they remain this friendly with developers (they never met one they don’t like), we will forever be in the little leagues. Will our new mayor change that? Remains to be seen. Money talks, doesn’t it?

    What’s right and what you can absorb are two entirely different things, aren’t they? :(

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 3 days ago by  JanS.
    #902557

    waynster
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    The bottom line is until they the politicians and transportation heads can get the lone driver out of the car and find a way to get cost under control. Get a system that runs 24/7 including holidays. Goes all over towns not just main routes. Runs from Olympia to Everett
    Bremereton to Seattle east to west west to east north to south south to north. Convince taxpayers to pay for it. Traffic will always be bad and getting worse…. face it we are all at their mercy…

    http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2017/11/24

    #902574

    JoB
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    waynster.. true.. but not the happy holiday message i was hoping for :(

    #902766

    waynster
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    Hmmm my last post got lost …….lol

    Anyway here some cheering up JoB I think lol…..the holiday rush…
    http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2017/11/30…. lets hope not for this lol…
    http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2017/11/28 ……the latest D.C. trend …
    http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2017/12/01….

    #902771

    JoB
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    LOL Waynster
    thanks .. i needed that.
    so trying to stay out of the holiday stampede

    #902843

    JanS
    Participant

    I knew there was a reason I turned into a recluse…hehehehe

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