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August 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Urban livability: Resist population growth

In “Walking the walk on urban livability” [Local News, Aug. 17], Matt Lerner says we must accommodate population growth by building cottages in our backyards, and getting out of our cars and onto our bicycles. Instead, I say we must resist growth rather than accommodate it. The only people who benefit from population growth…


Comments | More in Urban growth | Topics: crime, growth, Maggie Willson

July 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

President’s visit: An idea on how to ease traffic in the future

As I was waiting for traffic to clear during the president’s visit, I came upon the idea of using the Museum of Flight as a venue for solving the financial crisis of fundraisers for candidates in the Northwest ["Obama visits Seattle for two fundraisers," Local News, July 22]. Our museum is a flamboyant display…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: fundraisers, Mark Wilson, Museum of Flight

July 21, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Road infrastructure can’t fix traffic problems, support public transportation

This week’s state Department of Transportation warnings miss the significance of next week’s traffic snarl [“I-90 closures ahead: Eastside drivers might want to just stay home,” Local News, July 15]. The scenario is not a temporary crisis. It is a view of our future if we choose to continue our present path of highway…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Department of Transportation, Douglas K. Stewart, public transportation

June 20, 2014 at 6:03 AM

I-5 shooting, shutdown: A job well-done by police

After the terrible shooting and traffic halt on Interstate 5 this week, I would like to give the Seattle police and Washington State Patrol my standing ovation for a job well done under extreme traffic conditions [“Man shot in officer-involved shooting on I-5 bridge,” Local News, June 16]. I was stuck on the bridge…


Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Interstate 5, Mike McBride, seattle police

June 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Traffic gridlock: Seattle will pay for viaduct decision

A two-vehicle crash in Seattle on East Marginal Way South near South Nevada Street led to the closure of Highway 99 for hours Tuesday. (HEATHER TRIMM / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

I read with interest the story in The Seattle Times concerning the traffic gridlock resulting from an automobile collision south of the West Seattle Bridge that tied up traffic for well over six hours last Tuesday [“City’s layout can put Seattle one crash away from gridlock,” Local News, June 11].

Without going into whether the event could have


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: congestion, highway 99, Interstate 5

June 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Traffic congestion: Get political solutions moving, restore road lanes

It’s time that the driving public of Seattle to take a stand and demand that we get our streets back ["Police to angry commuters, sports fans: ‘Good reason’ for traffic jam," The Today File, June 11]. So many of our major arterial streets have been reduced in size, which has had such a huge…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: congestion, road diets, Ross Budden

August 16, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Saving lives with courtesy, caution

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…


Comments | More in Seattle, Transportation | Topics: cars, courtesy, pedestrians

July 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Bicyclists in Seattle

Ideals collide with danger I disagree with Danny Westneat’s assertions about going the French route with bike-rental programs for Seattle [“Helmet-free Paris lights the way,” NW Wednesday, July 17.] Seattle is bike-riding hell, as far as I’m concerned, and helmets barely scratch the surface. Downtown road surfaces are rutted, full of parked cars, and rife with…


Comments | More in Seattle, Transportation | Topics: auto, bicyclists, bikes

July 22, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Bicyclists in Seattle

Cyclists pay their fair share I’m hoping the school-bus driver who complained about bicyclists breaking traffic laws is no longer in her job, because she is clearly either blind or driving with her eyes shut. [“Northwest Voices: Bicycle safety,” Opinion, July 14.] She insists she’s seen more cyclists breaking traffic laws than drivers. Really? There are…


Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: bicycles, bikes, laws

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