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September 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM
Unhappy property owner
Yes, we have an improving economy, and yes, real-estate prices are rising. [“Budget reflects McGinn’s priorities,” NW Tuesday, Sept. 24.]
Whatever methods the city is using to raise real-estate taxes, they are blunt axes for many of us. The real-estate taxes on our Queen Anne condominium have been raised substantially for two years running, nearly 20 percent since we purchased our property 14 months ago.
Independent estimates of the resale value of our property indicate that it has not changed in that time.
I look forward, with pleasure, to filling out my ballot in the coming mayoral election.
Stuart Weibel, Seattle
September 17, 2013 at 6:27 AM
In a recent editorial, The Times repeated claims that density is good for Seattle because it “creates more vibrant, walkable neighborhoods.” [“How to build denser Seattle neighborhoods,” Opinion, Sept. 9.]
Well, I beg to differ.
Seattle’s vibrancy is not enhanced by the current policy of blindly permitting “density” housing no matter how it looks, nor how cramped or jampacked. Just take a trip to Ballard and gaze at the monstrous and hugely unattractive high-density nightmares at 15th Avenue and Market Street.
Only a Pollyanna could call this the face of a “vibrant” city when, in fact, it is merely a glorified block tenement obscenely out of place in terms of size and style. Such disastrous results, and others like it throughout the city, are the predictable end product of Seattle’s single-minded policy of density at any cost.
Planners have drunk the density Kool-Aid for too long and too deeply, without realizing that today’s apartment-dwellers are predominantly young. It’s a good bet they will look positively on raising future families away from Seattle’s cramped rabbit-warren-like living spaces, migrating instead to nearby communities that offer more choices while they approach growth with a creative balance rather than a zealous insistence on density.
James Kobe, Seattle
July 25, 2013 at 4:34 PM
Ideas for city improvement
Seattle mayoral candidates: Where is Seattle’s vision?
Seattle could be improved in many ways. The present mayor’s vision for Seattle has been limited to improved bicycle features and seawall repair.
The new candidates have said little about how Seattle can be improved. Here are some ideas: Upgrade the waterfront to attract more people to Seattle and the area — we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance for great change with removal of Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Seattle is and has been the “Gateway to Alaska.” Build on this subject: incorporate a waterfront-to-Seattle Center skylift, build a covered maritime museum.
Clean streets and roads. Complete the Burke-Gillman Trail. Get more cruise ship docking closer to Seattle. Improve Ballard Locks parking.
Let’s hear more from the mayoral candidates!
Lynn Thompson, Bellevue
June 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Humanity is in a dark place
Standing upon the current metal and stone monument named Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint, Gabriel Campanario missed a journalistic opportunity to ask what came before. [“Seattle Sketcher: Mount Baker viewpoint lets you find your place in the universe,” NW Saturday, June 22.]
More than a dozen trees were cut down and natural habitat was destroyed to afford that neighborhood their view. Sadly, installing manufactured steel, shipping basalt rock from Eastern Washington and beaming with pride for having removed natural obstacles for our enjoyment does define humanity’s place in the universe.
Brian Jaeger, Seattle
June 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Marathon was costly corporate event
The Times’ coverage of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon was missing the point. [“Police ramp up security for rock marathon,” page one, June 21.]
This was an event sponsored by a for-profit, San Diego-based, multinational corporation (Competitors Group, Inc.), and it appears to be subsidized by taxpayers.
How much are taxpayers spending for security costs, traffic costs, street closures and rerouting, and the extensive planning that was required by state, port, and city governments?
The corporation’s media kit, found on its website, is all about selling advertising (which it euphemistically calls “sponsorships”). While it claims a positive economic impact on the cities it does business in, those studies appear to be industry-sponsored.
It’s time for your reporters to ask tough questions.
Don Glickstein, Seattle
Severe traffic jams hurt citizens
Because of the traffic jam caused by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, my 85-year-old handicapped father had to ride his scooter for a mile down First Avenue to get to King Street Station on time to catch his train back home to Eugene.
I have to question the priorities of the city of Seattle, that would allow severe traffic jams while promoting a corporately sponsored event.
Ralph Sanders, Everett
Politicians need calendars
Today, I have come to a realization.
No one in this town has ever cared enough about the politicians who run Seattle to give one of them an adorable desk calendar as a gift. Not once. That’s how much we must hate the people who try so hard to run this city.
How else could you explain the logic behind allowing so many events to take place all on the same day? The Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon closed off downtown for most of the day, the Fremont Solstice Parade snarled traffic in Fremont, the HONK! Fest West obstructed Georgetown, the Morgan Junction Community Festival stalled progress in West Seattle and then the Mariners played a home game in the evening.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear that those responsible for issuing permits for all of these wonderful events didn’t even know how to read a calendar. Frankly, that’s just a darn shame.
I propose that we help the city planners, and make sure each of them has an easy-to-read calendar, a lot of colorful markers and maybe a few classes on how to talk to each other about conflicting schedules so they can spread these events out over several weekends, ensuring fun for Seattle families all summer long.
Wouldn’t that be swell?
Chris Lundgren, Issaquah
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