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Top Taco Truck Challenge

Top Taco Truck Challenge

Thought of the Day

The Most Important People in the World

Sure, you are underwater in your mortgage.

Sure, you are at-risk of being laid off.

Sure, you are one paycheck away from homelessness.

Sure, you are experiencing the early stages of hyperinflation that will soon sap all of your wealth.

Sure, your health insurance premiums have doubled again.

Sure, your government is hopelessly corrupt.

Sure, your country has the highest incarceration rate of any nation on earth.

Sure, the police are out of control.

Sure, gasoline is approaching $5 per gallon.

But at least … at least these folks are happy:

The Most Important People in the World

And

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Photo: New Prepaid Parking Meters in Pike/Pine

Parking Meter in Pike/Pine

Parking Meter in Pike/Pine

They have arrived.

Seattle to Pay $1.5 Million to the Family of John T. Williams

John T. Williams

John T. Williams

This afternoon, the City of Seattle agreed to pay the family of John T. Williams the sum of 1.5 million doll ars in order to avoid a lawsuit.

That’s right, the “City of Seattle” which means “the 608,000 residents of the City of Seattle”.

Did Ian Birk, the man who murdered Williams, pay $1.5 million to the family?

No.

Did Ian Birk, the man who murdered Williams, pay $1 to the family?

No.

Heck, Birk is not even facing criminal charges.

Instead, it is I who is getting punished. And you. Even though we’ve never in

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Save Our Trolleybuses

Downtown Seattle Trolley Bus Power Lines

Downtown Seattle Trolleybus

Seattle’s trolley buses are near the end of their useful lives, and according to King County Metro, they will need to be replaced within 5 years.

Replaced with what, though?

Currently, this issue is being studied, and the public is invited to weigh in with comments:

http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/projects/trolleyevaluation.html

Among the replacements being considered are Diesel buses (this may have been crossed off the list already), Diesel-electric hybrid buses, or … more of the same … new Trolleybuses.

Personally, I am vigorously supporting option #3.

I want to see our beautiful trolleybuses stay, and stay forever. Seattle

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SPD: Credit Where Credit is Due

Passing Out Tulips in Downtown Seattle

Passing Out Tulips in Downtown Seattle

When it comes to politics, the police, etc, I know that I have a propensity toward negative articles.

Deep-down, I’m a deeply cynical person almost bereft of optimism, and because of this, I’m pretty sure that I will not live long by modern standards. The stress of my type of outlook just isn’t conducive to an extensive, happy life. I wish I were different. I would rather be the facepainter rooting for the Seahawks on the sidelines. I desperately want to have that level of dopamine in my prefrontal cortex. I think it

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Photo: The World’s Greatest Chowder. Live.

Pike Place Market - Seafood Bisque

Pike Place Market – Seafood Bisque

Photo of the Day: Starbucks World Headquarters

Starbucks World Headquarters

Starbucks World Headquarters

The building on the left with the clocktower.

Sierra Club Joins Anti-Tunnel Fight

The Alaskan Way Viaduct

The Alaskan Way Viaduct

Tunnel supporters just gained a new nemesis.

The Sierra Club.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014895763_sierraclub28m.html

“The Seattle group’s efforts to stop the tunnel reflect its view that a $3.1 billion highway project encourages driving, contributes to greenhouse-gas emissions and sucks up transportation dollars that could be better spent on less-polluting alternatives. …

Montz said the Sierra Club isn’t anti-road or anti-car. He said other cities, notably San Francisco, have taken down elevated highways, created pedestrian-friendly waterfronts and not built replacement roads.

If the tunnel isn’t built, he suggests, there wouldn’t be surface-street gridlock because people would drive less,

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Mike McGinn’s Nightlife Initiative

The Showbox

The Showbox

Mayor Mike McGinn, or as I like to call him, M3, has proposed a new initiative to make Seattle nightlife safer.

The first part of his proposals involves cab stands. Mike would designate specific parking meters for cabs after hours, which would in turn make it easier to hail a ride home. These convertible cab stands are being proposed for Downtown, Belltown, Pioneer Square, Broadway, The U District, and Ballard.

The second part of his proposal is “pre-paid meter parking”, which is scheduled to get its start in the Pike/Pine neighborhood.

The premise of prepaid parking is

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Photos of the Day: April 27, 2011

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle International District Station

Downtown Seattle from Capitol Hill

Downtown Seattle

Seattle Space Needle

A Path to Enlightenment

Google Tracks Ride on My Galaxy Tablet

As I have mentioned before, I am an Android Geek. When I leave my nerd cave in the morning, I typically have two Android devices in my possession … a phone and a tablet.

In addition to being a fan of the platform, I am also a statistics geek. No matter how hard they tried, my teachers in elementary school could not get me to read a fictional book. Instead, I would only read such compelling titles as the World Almanac and Book of Facts and the Guinness Book of World Records.

In the Android Marketplace is an app that

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A Seattle Sunset. Live.

A Seattle Sunset

A Seattle Sunset

Another Black Eye for the SPD

Seattle Police

Seattle Police

KIRO 7 has uncovered the shocking details of yet another incident involving the “Mexican Piss” officer, the man that City Attorney Pete Holmes declined to prosecute:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/27679828/detail.html

Basically, the officer choked a suspect in Belltown, and then charged that suspect with “assault on an officer”. When the judge asked for the patrol car video tape to corroborate the officer’s charges, the tape was found to be either erased, or intentionally not turned on.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, vague charges such as “resisting arrest”, “assault on a police officer”, “obstruction”, and “disobeying the

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Live From Easy Street

Queen Anne - Easy Street Records

Easy Street Records on Capitol Hill

Photo of the Day: Broadway

Broadway on Capitol Hill

Broadway on Capitol Hill

Sleepless in Seattle

Capitol Hill, Seattle

Not long ago, the primary news source for Capitol Hill, the Capitol Hill Blog, ran a story about a man named “Joe”.

You see, Joe is a man who lives in Pike/Pine, and Joe is upset that a nearby nightclub (The Baltic Room) has been increasing their noise level over the months. To try and solve his problem, Joe has called the police on several occasions, and the SPD has been trying to mediate the dispute.

Frankly, I enjoyed the CHS Blog article. It was well-written and informative. Where things really got interesting, though, was in the comments section of

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The SPD to Implement “Justice Based Policing”

Seattle Police

Seattle Police

‘The Seattle Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office have formed a unique partnership with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission to develop a curriculum to improve the way police officers are trained to interact with people.

For the past decade, police training has focused on tools and physical tactics for keeping officers and citizens safe. While these methods have improved the safety of both officers and citizens, they have done little to improve the public’s trust and confidence in their police.

My note: The word “citizens” in the above lines is intellectually insulting, and

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Photo of the Day: My Machine

Seattle Rex Yamaha Vino 125 Scooter

Seattle Rex Yamaha Vino 125 Scooter

Hot Mama’s Pizza

Hot Mama’s Pizza in Pike/Pine

Late Saturday morning, before heading up to Cal Anderson Park, I decided to snag a couple of slices of pizza.

Since it had been a long time since my last visit (I think the last time I ate here was sometime in the 90’s), I decided to re-acquaint myself with Hot Mama’s Pizza on Pine Street. I tried to have lunch here a couple of weeks ago, but when I walked through the door at 11am, the man behind the counter told me that they had just opened and that the pizza would take awhile.

Eh?

Come on, fellas, rise

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The John T. Williams Totem Pole

John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole Project

John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole Project

John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole Project

John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole Project

John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole Project

Last week, I caught a glimpse of the new John T. Williams Totem Pole in Seattle Center’s Center Square.

This is the first totem pole being carved in the City of Seattle in 70 years.

John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole Project

For those who may not be up to speed on current events in Seattle, John T. Williams is man who was shot several times in

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Wrong Way Driver Caught in Belltown

Wrong Way Driver Caught in Belltown

I don’t know what it is about wrong-way driving in Belltown, but from my own experiences, it’s an epidemic.

I almost got wasted three weeks ago, and I took these shots just 20 minutes ago as 4 police cars converged to stop this one wrong way driver.

Wrong Way Driver Caught in Belltown

Wrong Way Driver Caught in Belltown

Read the signs, folks. You’re not in Mount Vernon anymore. Here in the city where it’s dark and dirty, one-way streets are the norm. If you can’t figure it out, then please, I implore you … don’t drive

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Photo: Live from Downtown

Photo of Downtown Seattle taken with Galaxy Tablet

Photo of Downtown Seattle taken with Galaxy Tablet

68 and Sunny in Seattle

Playing in the Cal Anderson Water Fountain

Bicyclists in Cal Anderson Park

Bobby Morris Field at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill

When I awoke yesterday morning, that was the forecast.

Not only was it the forecast, but my Twitter feed lit up like a Christmas Tree as news stations across Seattle rushed to be the first news outlet to post 100 “the sun is out!” tweets.

This, in turn, caused me to massively unfollow just about every news station in Seattle. As I have posted before, I am really, really sick of the irrational hype.

Now, when I give the sun worshippers here

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Sakura-Con 2011 at the Convention Center

Sakura-Con 2011

A couple of hours ago, I was walking up Pike Street when I heard the intermittent eruption of loud cheers.

I looked around … nothing.

I looked around some more … nothing.

Of course, being the inquisitive sort, I could not leave the issue alone. I had to investigate.

I searched high, I searched low, and just before giving up, I decided to take a quick walk through Freeway Park.

Here, I found a strange spectacle.

Sakura-Con Circle Game at Freeway Park

Sakura-Con Circle Game at Freeway Park

Sakura-Con Group Hug

Sakura-Con Circle Game

Sakura-Con

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Photo of the Day: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Bobby Morris Field at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill

Bobby Morris Field at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill

This photograph was taken 3 hours ago in Cal Anderson Park where it was 68 degrees and sunny.

Sorry, I mean 43 degrees and rainy.

It is my sworn duty as a Seattleite to keep the myth alive.

Can you spot the softball?

It’s in there. Somewhere. I promise.

Alleycat Bike Race Staging

Cal Anderson Park - Alleycat Race Bicyclists

Cal Anderson Park – Alleycat Race Bicyclists

Live in Cal Anderson Park.

McGuire Building Demolition

McGuire Building in Belltown

McGuire Building in Belltown

The 25-story McGuire Building on the corner of 2nd and Wall in Belltown will be demolished next month. Supposedly, the 10-year-old building has structural defects, and it must come down. It will take more than a year to remove the hi-rise and 95% of the concrete will be re-used.

It’s a pity, really, as it’s a beautiful building which helps keep the Belltown skyline vertical.

Sixth and Lenora

The Sixth and Lenora Apartments Project in Seattle

The Sixth and Lenora Apartments Project in Seattle

The Pine Street Group is currently building an apartment project in Denny Triangle.

The project will consist of two 25-story towers (50 floors total), 654 rental units, and 18,000 square feet of retail space.

This is the first new Downtown construction project in 3 1/2 years, and it is being closely watched as the potential end to the local housing crisis, although (as usual), I remain slightly skeptical.

The Sixth and Lenora Apartments will become the state’s highest-density residential neighborhood.

Rents are anticipated to be $1,900 for a 700 square foot

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Capitol Hill Chase Bank Vandalized

Chase Bank on Capitol Hill

Chase Bank on Capitol Hill

Chase Bank on Capitol Hill

Chase Bank on Capitol Hill

Last night, shortly before 9pm, a group of vandals used hammers to demolish the windows at the Chase Bank at Broadway & Thomas on Capitol Hill.

The group also left paper flyers at the scene, although when I rode up to investigate this morning, the flyers were gone. This being the case, I cannot speak to the specific agenda of the group.

If you will remember, this is the same bank that was vandalized during the police brutality protests in February.

Now,

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