7 thoughts shared about Seattle
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Urban Planning & Public Space

Dear Seattle,

Don't be afraid to alienate a few citizens who cling to familiar ways. They can be comfortable anywhere in the US, Seattle deserves to be different. It requires ongoing, bold effort to remain an aspirational home city.

Environment

Dear Seattle,

Your clouds are grey and sometimes I miss the sun, but you're so clean, moist, and wet that it warms me inside :-P

Transportation

Dear Seattle,

It's time to take mobility seriously. Expand public transit options and make biking a safe and feasible alternative. Buses. Bike lanes. Wider sidewalks. to start.

Transportation

Dear Seattle,

Nearly everything about you is great--you're walkable, you're bikeable, you're the right size for a city--not so big that you get lost, not so small that there isn't a downtown. But man, you blew it when you closed down the ride free zone. Now I no longer go out and about at lunch to find a new place to eat. Now I just stay in the same 3 block area. I can't afford lunch *and* bus fare both ways.

Tourism & Hospitality

Dear Seattle,

I've moved all over the US and this is the first city I've ever lived in that I feel welcomed me right away for who I am. You have no idea how much I appreciate it. Love you, gorgeous!

Transportation

Dear Seattle,

You are in a spectacular natural area but you neglect your urban transportation to the point that every conceivable mode is a pain in the you-know-where: streets are badly maintained, parking is scarce, the bus headways are long and inconvenient, and there’s not much bicycle infrastructure. The exception is building new freeways: a multi-billion-dollar tunnel boondoggle and destroying a good chunk of the Arboretum for a bigger, wider highway 520. More freeways? WTF? Is 1980s Houston your model?