I am not opposed to the development of high-density housing (apodments, micro-housing, etc.) in Seattle [“Seattle weighing new tax on builders for affordable housing,” Local News, Sept. 16]. My concern is about parking. I live in the Eastlake neighborhood, where street parking is quite difficult. My plea to the Seattle City Council: allow high-density…More
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Mayor McGinn should add not decrease parking Mayor Mike McGinn’s support of reducing street parking and reducing the requirement for new parking developments is making Seattle less livable. For a while I lived in a condo in Belltown and my range hood stopped working. No repair company recommended by the manufacturer would come to Belltown because of…More
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…More
The event is a hassle The drop in attendance at Seafair might be attributed to answering this simple query: Do the pleasures derived from attending the event outweigh the hassles? [“Is Seafair sinking? Down year fires up debate on its fate,” seattletimes.com, Aug. 8.] Seafair must draw its patrons from the neighborhood or not at all,…More
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…More
Smartphone apps favor the wealthy When information technologies came on the scene not long ago, the pundits all chorused about how it would democratize public life, as if the new possibilities would be equally open to all. [“Find your on-street parking spot, then pay for it by phone,” NW Friday, July 19.] However, all the new…More
Chinatown/International District should have free parking It is obvious that Seattle City Council members Tim Burgess and Tom Rasmussen have not been anywhere near the Chinatown/International District in a long time. [“Parking-rate critics target McGinn,” NW Friday, July 5.] The massive long-term disruption along South Jackson Street by the First Hill trolley construction project is undeniable….More