I was happy to be included with some fine company in the Seattle Times’ profile of “newcomers” changing the face of the city. After 15 years here, I’d quibble with the term “newcomer,” but hey. Speaking of quibbles, I’d like to revise and extend my remarks here:
And he keeps spinning visions for an even better future Seattle. “I can see a day coming when we can ban car ownership in the city, make everybody hail a driverless car to get around. They did a study on this in Singapore . . . they could have a 250,000-car fleet and the maximum wait for anyone would be 30 minutes.”
For the record I’m pretty sure I didn’t say that I want to ban cars in the city. If memory serves, I was riffing on this study from MIT, which had just come out at the time and got a lot of attention. I do think there’s a good chance that services like it will eventually have a place in lower-density areas. For major urban areas, of course, simple geometry will necessitate some kind of high-capacity transit service that doesn’t require encasing each commuter in 2,000 pounds of glass and aluminum every morning.
Anyway, the article itself was written by the delightful Fred Moody. If you haven’t read Seattle and the Demons of Ambition, do yourself a favor and get it. It’s a great way to understand this city’s psyche.