Will at Horse’s Ass puts the Stranger’s Josh Feit in his place like this:
No matter how much Josh Feit protests, young families are not going to buy “in-fill density” in Seattle. Maybe some will, but they are the exception that proves the rule. You can’t force young families into condos. Not when they can buy a house in Algona for the same price.
You can, however, give people options. Let’s build transit- lots more- in the city and elsewhere. Let’s expand HOV lanes. Let’s spend a little less time telling people what they should want and more time giving them options.
I think they might by townhomes or San Francisco-style non detached houses, but we’ll see.
Meanwhile, James Vesely the Times’ editorial page editor (say that three times fast) wrote this about the “Roads and transit package. It’s a pretty long read (about 1500 words) but it has a few good points in it, like this “The asking price in November is currently set at $18.9 billion, with $14.6 billion of that from renewal of existing taxes now being collected.” If that’s true, and it really is just an exstension of existing taxes then this would be the first time I’ve heard this from our local media.
The piece also has some weird parts:
In a region looking for answers, we are getting more questions. Each piece of the $18 billion-plus bill seems to be necessary for the rest to fit. Those in favor of the plan point to a 30-year delay in building almost anything that carries wheels, the declining road stock and lack of rolling stock, and the growth of a region spilling over in good jobs and brimming with promise.
A private poll conducted by Moore Information and EMC Research concludes:
“… A strong majority (61 percent) support the current Roads and Transit package … which includes the cost of $16.5 billion [now $18.9 billion] but not household costs.
“Support drops (to 49 percent) after voters hear the typical household costs early in the survey. Support returns to a strong majority (63 percent) after voters hear a description of the major components of the package.”
I wish I had that study. I wonder where I can get it. I suggest reading the whole thing.