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February 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Parking and driving in Seattle

More lots mean more congestion

Here’s a harbinger to the future of autos versus bicycles in Seattle: In Ballard there are 10 to 15 new condo projects. Each structure will station about 300 cars in underground parking.

When the depression ends and the condos fill up, look for 3,000 more automobiles in Ballard alone for bicyclists and pedestrians to contend with.

Do the math for all of Seattle’s new condos. Look forward to untold traffic congestion and increased carbon monoxide. Market Street (with four bus lines) is already at capacity, particularly in summer.

So much for pro-development Mayor Greg Nickels’ “green” city.

— Bob Miller, Seattle

Craft a carbon waiver

As a person who doesn’t use my car very often, I have always disliked the 72-hour parking rule. But now, when everyone is calling for people to cut their carbon emissions, the rule seems particularly troublesome.

I got a note from the police explaining that the 72-hour rule helps with street cleaning. In my neighborhood, if my car isn’t there, someone else’s is, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen evidence of a street cleaner running on my street.

The note also said if I want to park for longer, I should use a parking lot. That just seems to say that I don’t have a right to have my car on the street, but my carbon-spewing neighbors who use their cars every day do.

One last reminder from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Driving a private car is probably a typical citizen’s most ‘polluting’ daily activity.”

Can someone craft a carbon waiver for the 72-hour rule that would allow me to leave my car at home and take the bus?

— Gina Hicks, Seattle

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