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September 23, 2013 at 6:22 AM
Get with the program
It is about time that our city officials got their heads out of the sand.
I am referring to the fact that they want people to get out of their cars and use bicycles or public transportation. More specifically, about making developers put in so few parking spaces for their new apartment buildings that it will impact the surrounding neighborhood.
Because there will not be enough parking spaces provided in the apartment buildings, there will be a spillover in the immediate area. I grew up a few blocks from the new apartments on 15th Avenue Northwest, and I am fully expecting property values of the single-family homes in that area to be adversely affected by this.
One needs a car to get a large load of groceries. There is also a need for extra parking spaces if a tenant wishes to entertain. People who are elderly or disabled need to have a space to park a car or have someone pick them up. Finally, what about women who have to work late? They need to be able to park in their own building for their own security.
Folks, America is married to the car — get with the program!
Sally Neumeyer, Seattle
August 16, 2013 at 6:23 AM
Pedestrians must be more careful
We teach our children by the time they are 3 that, when crossing the street, they must look both ways, twice, then cross briskly. [“Could more courtesy save a life?”, NW Monday, Aug. 5.]
Yet there are 500 pedestrian-involved collisions each year in Seattle.
Could somebody explain to me the mentality of walking out in front of a 3,000-pound vehicle that is moving at 30 mph, and hoping the driver sees you?
Having the right of way won’t make you right.
Ronald Berry, Seattle
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