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2020-05-08 9:41:15 AM  
Good start.

Now close as much of Belltown and downtown ti cars as possible.

Bell Street Park is a nice start too. Put woonerfs (yes that is spelled correctly) everywhere.

Want to go see a game? Take public transit. Want to go to a club on 2nd? Take public transit. Work downtown? Take public transit.

And somebody drop Tim Eyman from a helicopter already, huh?

/ the last sentence was intended as a joke and not as a call to action that someone should in fact throw Tim Eyman from a helicopter
// because that would be horrible
 
2020-05-08 9:57:46 AM  
Will be interesting to see how the residents of those neighborhoods protest this one. Might be a good time to buy shares in a thumbtack company.
 
2020-05-08 9:59:17 AM  
after walking my dog through closed-down streets for the past few weeks, i'm very much down for this
 
2020-05-08 10:00:45 AM  
Good idea, some cities throughout Europe have been doing this and it makes for a much better experience visiting .  Shiatty weather could be problematic and great public transport helps also.
 
2020-05-08 10:00:48 AM  
Very cool.  My wife really wants to move to the Pacific NW.  I just don't think I could take the weather or that cold ocean.
 
2020-05-08 10:03:13 AM  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Tim Eyman


give him some time, i'm sure he'll eventually throw himself out of a helicopter
 
2020-05-08 10:09:40 AM  
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2020-05-08 10:13:41 AM  
Whatever works for the locals is the best move
 
2020-05-08 10:13:57 AM  

LL316: Very cool.  My wife really wants to move to the Pacific NW.  I just don't think I could take the weather or that cold ocean.


I grew up in Florida and I've lived here for five years. It never gets that cold, and it never gets that warm. (although 80s today, yeesh!) But yeah, that's one cold ocean.
 
2020-05-08 10:18:54 AM  
CAR!
 
2020-05-08 10:19:20 AM  
FTFA:  "Only vehicular traffic from delivery drivers, first responders, sanitation crews and residents are allowed access."

If these are residential streets like the one pictured, who else is really going to be there?  Essentially this just means they'll have signs up saying "Get lost, tourist!"  It's a nice concept but I doubt it's really going to change anything.
 
2020-05-08 10:27:06 AM  
The Pacific is cold? Try the Northern Atlantic (atlantic coast of Canada): even in August you can feel the cold penetrate into your lungs. I'll take it over brain-eating amoebas, rattlesnakes, earthquakes, weird viruses, botflies, 100-degree heat, hookworm, venomous spiders, etc. etc.
 
2020-05-08 10:30:55 AM  

Russ1642: Will be interesting to see how the residents of those neighborhoods protest this one. Might be a good time to buy shares in a thumbtack company.



"Only vehicular traffic from delivery drivers, first responders, sanitation crews and residents are allowed access."

Depends. If they mean strictly people who live there, then it will cause issues, but if they include visitors then I don't see a problem.
 
2020-05-08 10:40:48 AM  
My dad, a recovering Trumper, was visiting Seattle when my brother was in the hospital.  He was making snide comments about the homeless, the traffic and high taxes and all other trappings of big city life.  I talked with him about why people were homeless, the extensive services available to them and the role of mental illness and how many are vets.  I pointed out all the accommodations and special services the state and city provides for the disabled (now my brother) as we drove around. He wanted to move my brother back home to the hard rural midwest to care for him, but I pointed out that my brother qualifies for and can access a heck of a lot more in government  assistance and services in WA.  He got real quiet on the car ride after that.

So proud to live in a place with sane people.

I, too, am absolutely loving the long, quiet spring walks around this gorgeous piece of America.  Lilacs are out and so am I.
 
2020-05-08 10:44:56 AM  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Good start.

Now close as much of Belltown and downtown ti cars as possible.

Bell Street Park is a nice start too. Put woonerfs (yes that is spelled correctly) everywhere.

Want to go see a game? Take public transit. Want to go to a club on 2nd? Take public transit. Work downtown? Take public transit.

And somebody drop Tim Eyman from a helicopter already, huh?

/ the last sentence was intended as a joke and not as a call to action that someone should in fact throw Tim Eyman from a helicopter
// because that would be horrible


Unless they MASSIVELY expand and improve the downtown bus lines, provide constant manned security at park and ride locations, and put caps on Taxi/Uber peak pricing costs, then my response to this is to give you and the bike lanes the finger.  I used to love going downtown, and taking my kid there, but I am sure as shiat not going to bike in Seattle, or leave my car parked 30 miles away to be torn apart by another homeless junkie that was forced out of the jungle.

And even though i do not agree with you about bikes and parking in Seattle.  I do agree that Tim Eyman needs to be dropped off a ferry with  a file cabinet containing all of his lawsuit documents chained to his waist.
 
2020-05-08 10:50:07 AM  
We all admired Seattle's commitment to residential quality of life when they closed  the West Seattle Bridge to traffic. Another courageous move, well done!

/ "admired" may not apply to actual residents of West Seattle trying to work and stuff
 
2020-05-08 10:55:28 AM  
I can't get used to this lifestyle.
 
2020-05-08 10:56:19 AM  

Candygram4Mongo: We all admired Seattle's commitment to residential quality of life when they closed  the West Seattle Bridge to traffic. Another courageous move, well done!

/ "admired" may not apply to actual residents of West Seattle trying to work and stuff


I am fairly sure they closed the bridge to avoid being sued if it collapses before they get it repaired, but who knows.....
 
2020-05-08 10:57:41 AM  

FormlessOne: I can't get used to this lifestyle.


Talking Heads - [Nothing But] Flowers (Official Video)
Youtube 2twY8YQYDBE
 
2020-05-08 11:12:24 AM  

LL316: Very cool.  My wife really wants to move to the Pacific NW.  I just don't think I could take the weather or that cold ocean.


The weather is gray but it doesn't rain as much as they tell you. Summer is magnificent.
 
2020-05-08 11:12:29 AM  
They have been doing this in Barcelona for nearly half a decade.

There was protest at first, but the residents have embraced the change.

Barcelona Superblocks: Change the Grid, Change your Neighborhood
Youtube jq2yd4QgL5I
 
2020-05-08 11:12:36 AM  

psykick dancehall: Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Tim Eyman

give him some time, i'm sure he'll eventually throw himself out of a helicopter


I'll want film of it
 
2020-05-08 11:13:26 AM  

Meat's dream: FTFA:  "Only vehicular traffic from delivery drivers, first responders, sanitation crews and residents are allowed access."

If these are residential streets like the one pictured, who else is really going to be there?  Essentially this just means they'll have signs up saying "Get lost, tourist!"  It's a nice concept but I doubt it's really going to change anything.


Oh no it really does help.

They've done this near me and I wish they would update their efforts x10.
 
2020-05-08 11:13:59 AM  

booniepepper: My dad, a recovering Trumper, was visiting Seattle when my brother was in the hospital.  He was making snide comments about the homeless, the traffic and high taxes and all other trappings of big city life.  I talked with him about why people were homeless, the extensive services available to them and the role of mental illness and how many are vets.  I pointed out all the accommodations and special services the state and city provides for the disabled (now my brother) as we drove around. He wanted to move my brother back home to the hard rural midwest to care for him, but I pointed out that my brother qualifies for and can access a heck of a lot more in government  assistance and services in WA.  He got real quiet on the car ride after that.

So proud to live in a place with sane people.

I, too, am absolutely loving the long, quiet spring walks around this gorgeous piece of America.  Lilacs are out and so am I.


:)
 
2020-05-08 11:16:18 AM  
Fantastic! More room for hobo junkie camps!
 
2020-05-08 11:18:49 AM  
Another Superblocks video, that is more of an overview and historical perspective.

Superblocks: How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars
Youtube ZORzsubQA_M
 
2020-05-08 11:24:12 AM  

Noctusxx: Candygram4Mongo: We all admired Seattle's commitment to residential quality of life when they closed  the West Seattle Bridge to traffic. Another courageous move, well done!

/ "admired" may not apply to actual residents of West Seattle trying to work and stuff

I am fairly sure they closed the bridge to avoid being sued if it collapses before they get it repaired, but who knows.....


Yeah, I know.

(I was trying to be funny.  Oh well.)
 
2020-05-08 11:25:23 AM  

Confabulat: LL316: Very cool.  My wife really wants to move to the Pacific NW.  I just don't think I could take the weather or that cold ocean.

I grew up in Florida and I've lived here for five years. It never gets that cold, and it never gets that warm. (although 80s today, yeesh!) But yeah, that's one cold ocean.


I think it's the ocean that really does it for me.  The state is beautiful.  Love all the great places to go hiking.  But what's the point of an ocean if you can't play in the waves?
 
2020-05-08 11:29:29 AM  

LL316: Confabulat: LL316: Very cool.  My wife really wants to move to the Pacific NW.  I just don't think I could take the weather or that cold ocean.

I grew up in Florida and I've lived here for five years. It never gets that cold, and it never gets that warm. (although 80s today, yeesh!) But yeah, that's one cold ocean.

I think it's the ocean that really does it for me.  The state is beautiful.  Love all the great places to go hiking.  But what's the point of an ocean if you can't play in the waves?


Puget Sound is basically a large saltwater lake.
 
2020-05-08 11:43:31 AM  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Want to go see a game? Take public transit.


I see you learned nothing from the current pandemic.

\of course, you're old-school socialist, so that checks out
 
2020-05-08 11:46:11 AM  
I live near Atlanta.  If cars were banned here, the 2nd easiest way for me to get to work would be by kayak, though the part past the sewage treatment plant would suck.
 
2020-05-08 11:57:06 AM  

Meat's dream: FTFA:  "Only vehicular traffic from delivery drivers, first responders, sanitation crews and residents are allowed access."

If these are residential streets like the one pictured, who else is really going to be there?  Essentially this just means they'll have signs up saying "Get lost, tourist!"  It's a nice concept but I doubt it's really going to change anything.


And nobody can visit the residents?
 
2020-05-08 11:59:36 AM  

Noctusxx: FormlessOne: I can't get used to this lifestyle.

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Nothing is obscure on Fark, after all.
 
2020-05-08 12:16:22 PM  
I'm glad they are finally getting around to this. Wish it was more.

The whole area around Pike Place should be closed to traffic permanently. It's crazy any traffic other than deliveries is allowed now.

Put me down as another in support of dropping Tim Eyman off of things.
 
2020-05-08 12:28:48 PM  

LL316: Confabulat: LL316: Very cool.  My wife really wants to move to the Pacific NW.  I just don't think I could take the weather or that cold ocean.

I grew up in Florida and I've lived here for five years. It never gets that cold, and it never gets that warm. (although 80s today, yeesh!) But yeah, that's one cold ocean.

I think it's the ocean that really does it for me.  The state is beautiful.  Love all the great places to go hiking.  But what's the point of an ocean if you can't play in the waves?


The tidal pools are amazing and full of starfish and stuff and you can wade through that nonsense without getting a chill. But I'd never jump full bore into that ocean, that thing looks mean.
 
2020-05-08 12:34:09 PM  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Tim Eyman


He's a symptom. Drop him from twice the height and the problem will still be there.
 
2020-05-08 12:40:51 PM  

slobberbone: Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Tim Eyman

He's a symptom. Drop him from twice the height and the problem will still be there.


But he won't
 
2020-05-08 1:17:51 PM  

Karma Chameleon: I'm glad they are finally getting around to this. Wish it was more.

The whole area around Pike Place should be closed to traffic permanently. It's crazy any traffic other than deliveries is allowed now.

Put me down as another in support of dropping Tim Eyman off of things.


Only if he's dropped from a height that would allow his body to break Mach 1 on the way down.
 
2020-05-08 1:24:49 PM  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: But he won't


Yep. Argue personalities, not the problem, require consensus, have no way to achieve it. The Seattle process.
 
2020-05-08 2:09:26 PM  
Ctrl-F "Streetless in Seattle"

Disappointed.
 
2020-05-08 2:38:34 PM  
Better late than never. Over here we did the "streets for people, not cars" in the 70s.
 
2020-05-08 2:46:49 PM  

DerAppie: Better late than never. Over here we did the "streets for people, not cars" in the 70s


Good ideas have expiration dates? Fark, you are selfish.
 
2020-05-08 2:50:33 PM  

LL316: Very cool.  My wife really wants to move to the Pacific NW.  I just don't think I could take the weather or that cold ocean.


I used to live out there.   Education is dicey for kids, and the anti vax movement is larger.

However, the cold ocean is less an issue than you think, as the warm flow comes up, not down the coast.   It's a beautiful, if expensive, area of the country to live now.

/lived in Port Orchard
//Military kid.
///At least visit.  It's one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
 
2020-05-08 5:23:39 PM  
I'm scratching my head about the closure of Green Lake Way (between Green Lake and Lower Woodland).  That section gets insanely stacked up with cars during normal times.  It's basically an arterial.  (Disclosure: the closure benefits me.)
 
2020-05-08 5:56:13 PM  
Thirty year Seattleite, can see downtown from my yard and I like this. I also like the idea of doing Tim Eyman off things. I suggest starting with low things and working our way up to the space Needle. After that maybe just one more from the deck of Smith tower, just to be Sure. Oh, what the heck, might as well do the 99 bridge too...
 
2020-05-08 6:14:27 PM  
Reading the fine print:  'Only vehicular traffic from delivery drivers, first responders, sanitation crews and residents are allowed access.'

So, in other words they're just trying to stop thru traffic and get the side benefit of nyah-nyah-only-us-locals-get-to-park-t​here.   Wonder how many on the city council live on these newly-quieter streets?

It will also stop your friends from driving to visit you at your house.  Not to mention it also requires the local cops to be willing to enforce these new rules...
 
2020-05-08 9:41:05 PM  

nanim: Reading the fine print:  'Only vehicular traffic from delivery drivers, first responders, sanitation crews and residents are allowed access.'

So, in other words they're just trying to stop thru traffic and get the side benefit of nyah-nyah-only-us-locals-get-to-park-t​here.   Wonder how many on the city council live on these newly-quieter streets?

It will also stop your friends from driving to visit you at your house.  Not to mention it also requires the local cops to be willing to enforce these new rules...


How about all non arterial streets do this.
 
2020-05-08 11:03:07 PM  
Coincidentally, my street started doing this, this week. Vehicle traffic limited to one block. It's one of about 6 streets in the city doing this, two of which have been doing it for more than a decade. They're all wealthier areas which is....interesting.

We love it. Bikes and dogs and pedestrians taking over the street. More please!
 
2020-05-09 10:02:40 AM  

slobberbone: DerAppie: Better late than never. Over here we did the "streets for people, not cars" in the 70s

Good ideas have expiration dates? Fark, you are selfish.


At least we now know the level at which your reading comprehension is, seeing how you think "better late than never" is somehow selfish or means that an idea has "expired".
 
2020-05-09 8:04:02 PM  
I had begun to think that Americans could not learn.

Closing a few streets in a single city is such a small thing. Yet, it fills me with hope.
 
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