Latest Comments Brendan on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingThat is a really rediculous response. No one is talking about building parking on this property, If sound transit sells the property for market rate, the same number of housing units will probably go in. As it is sound transit is just blowing an 8 million dollar hole in their budget for Seattle area projects. That money comes out of other transit projects or it delays them. Brendan on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingThis whole thinking where ST is a source of money for other projects is incredibly foolish. They are already over budget and delaying projects (Lynnwood link). Are you comfortable with them axing or delaying the Ballard line? This money comes out of that pot. Money doesn’t grow on trees. 8 million here comes out of other transit projects or delays them. Brendan on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingThis is basically raiding 8 million dollars from Sound Transit’s budget and putting it in the affordable housing fund. This is very unwise because it establishes sound transit as a piggy bank that other agencies can raid for money. This money is coming out of the money needed for transit. We already have a huge hole in the budget for Lynnwood link and delays. If ST can’t say “no” when people ask them for money,...asdf2 on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingThere's a fundamental problem here, in that taxpayer-funded housing just doesn't scale well. However you slice and dice it, housing is too expensive on a per-person basis to provide for more than a fraction of the low-income population (at least, without massive tax increases) so you end up with a lottery system where a few people get a home for dirt cheap that they can live in forever, while everyone else gets nothing. Not surprisingly,...Richard Bullington on West Seattle Begins Planning for Light RailAnd crappy, windy, cold stations like Mt. Baker and TIBS. Richard Bullington on West Seattle Begins Planning for Light RailGuys, There's nothing wrong with elevated, except that it means you end up with squealing tight corners or nuke 1/4 of a block. Well, and the pigeons. asdf2 on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingTruly rich people won't pay $5 or $20 to ride the bus. They'll just drive (or Uber) directly to downtown. Arthur Allen on New Parking Garages Coming to Sounder Stations in Auburn and KentKent site #4 is a park with trees and a duck pond. Are they out of their minds? Remember, this is Kent. Kent Station Shopping Center and ShoWare Center used to be parks, albeit ball fields. The one park Kent couldn't close was Pine Tree Park in the East Hill exurbs. Mike Orr on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingThe laws exist because developers were building shoddy mold-prone leaky condos with little or no warranties, and then skipping away with the profit while the owner had a huge repair bill. Often they copied designs from California without taking into account that we have a wet and moldy climate. This happened egregiously in Vancouver and apparently it happened in Seattle too. Skylar on Sunday Open Thread: The New Bus CampaignersI think Metro borrowed for the downtown transit tunnel, but I seem to recall reading somewhere (STB, maybe?) that by policy it doesn't borrow for bus purchases. This meant that it deferred purchases for years during the recession, but also meant that its operational cuts were far less deep than other agencies because it didn't have any debt service. Mark Dublin on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingMy editor's living in his car, so the light isn't good. 'Quakes lot more likely threat than fighters, if only because jetliners work a lot better. Anybody into air defense, with missiles in present state, are high speed jet fighter planes themselves any use in this decades' warfare, except to sell to Saudi Arabia? Soldiers tall me that the A-10, a slow flying tank with a gatling gun that can make a brillo pad out...Matthew Dockrey on A Peek at Next Gen ORCAWill the validators have an obvious visual indication when a scan is successful? The current ones beep, but if someone has just tapped in before you, the green light barely flickers and the display might not change at all. For the hearing impaired (...or those of us wearing headphones...) it's really hard to tell if the card has been scanned. One of those dumb UI issues that would be trivial fix, and yet it's been...Al S. on West Seattle Begins Planning for Light RailI'd add that from what I've read in literature, gondolas don't go faster than 15 or 20 mph and require somw labor to operate. Mike is right that they have some usefulness. It's just not so attractive for West Seattle. Also, a bit of a reality check about tunnel cost is needed They usually cost 3 to 5 times more per block to build than aerial, and station pits add substantially to costs. In other...Mark Dublin on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingBrent, personally hate lotteries for any purpose- because they're not only heartless, but also a lazy official's excuse for lacking the knowledge, understanding, and guts to make a decision. But strongly support your priorities. Couple thoughts today. Supplement tenant's rent money enough to let them stay where they've lived for twenty years. Likewise, instead of evicting people and leaving their vacant houses to rot, pay them to stay on as care-takers. And let people pay...David L on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingActually, from what I've read the bigger issue with condos here is that there are some weird state laws that basically guarantee that every condo project will result in lawsuits. Apartments end up being more profitable for developers and the few condos that do get built are towards the higher end. Mike Orr on West Seattle Begins Planning for Light RailThat was well-aired in the run-up to ST3 but West Seattle said we want Link anyway and the city said we want West Seattle to have Link. So transfers come with it as a corollary. But Metro's long-range plan leaves some one-seat rides by shifting them into new transit markets. The 116 becomes an all-day express on Fauntleroy - Alaska Junction - Deep-Bore Tunnel - SLU. The 120 becomes RapidRide to Intl Dist. Mike Orr on West Seattle Begins Planning for Light RailGondolas aren't ridiculous. A Gondola from Uptown to SLU to Summit to Broadway to 15th is worth exploring as a way to get around the Denny Way bottleneck. It's probably not feasible in West Seattle which is a longer distance so a gondola's slowness would be more impactful, and the stations aren't high density. But the main reason against it is timing. Those who wanted a gondola should have pursued it 3-5 years ago when...Brad on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingThis also creates an incentive to purchase more property knowing that it goes to affordable housing. Which ends up making ST taxes also affordable housing taxes by proxy. Leaving less money for transit. Both are worthy goals, this may have unintended consequences Dardanelles on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingSo, do you think they purposely used the photo from this meme? https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/11/housing-meme-city-developer-self-own-affordable-housing/546050/ Mike Orr on ST Plans Zero-Cost Land Transfer for Affordable HousingThey're not selling it to a for-profit developer at a discount, but only to a qualified non-profit to be used for affordable housing. So the developer will not make the full amount of money a regular developer would make, and they can't extract profit from it because that contradicts their non-profit status.