Publicola, which is the best addition to the local blogosphere in recent memory, has a great piece about how Rep Jay Inslee (D-WA) is working to ensure pro-environment voices are heard in the stimulus conversation as co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. I’m kind of surprised that no Republicans are in the 35 member committee, but I guess they are working against the stimulus at the moment, so it would be odd for a Republican to fight for projects in a bill he’s oging to vote against.
This is very misleading. First, there’s the ridiculous claim that 30% of garbage sent to landfills is from building demolition. Next, there’s the bizarre “scientific explanation” for how a cut-down tree releases all its carbon into the atmosphere (only when it’s burned…). Then there’s an argument that light rail is pushing up residential and retail rents, so we should build fewer homes and store fronts. Huh? What happened to supply and demand? But the grand finale is that building density around light rail stations is going to force people to drive. You can’t make this stuff up.
Vivace is up and running in the Brix condo building on Mercer after having to move from the old place on John to make way for the Capitol Hill Station construction. Everyone seems happy, so I am too.