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Top Taco Truck Challenge

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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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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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