It All Started in the 1970s with all those Damn Traffic Circles
The popular mythology applied to the City of Seattle is that it is "free and easy," where anything goes, a new Pacific Northwest "Amsterdam" of liberal and progressive manners and styles, but nothing in reality could be further from the truth, Seattle as stern as any Scandinavian Lutheran minster blasting his congregationalists, shaking his finger on a chilly and rainy Sunday morning, reminding them that SIN is your daily thought and Satan's SULPHUROUS home will certainly be your final destination. No further proof of that is required after Seattle's November announcement that more traffic cameras will soon be installed upon city streets, the City quite prepared to pilfer your pocketbook if not knock you in the head like they did in the good old "Police Days" when Seattle cops beat you up just because they could, and why not, because you requested the beating, didn't you? For further reference, see "On the Take: From Petty Crooks to Presidents," by Bill Chambliss, Indiana University Press, 1978.
Yes, for decades, and now today in December 2021, Seattle remains that taunting, admonishing Lutheran cleric scolding its citizenry, penalizing you for simply being human, a crime it seems you only have yourself to blame, having affronted all commonsense by allowing yourself to be born, and worse, to walk and drive upon Seattle's sacred streets. For shame!---for the message that the City of Seattle is delivering, and has delivered over the years, is STOP! you are going to STOP! there being no alternative to this governmental injunction.
And all of us will be stopping in traffic as Seattle has the second highest ratio of car ownership (461,000 cars) per population (724,305) in the United States, Long Beach, California holding the top spot. With a 2021 Seattle metro population of 3,461,000, it means there are cars and trucks and motorcycles everywhere during a twenty-four day, and Seattle's response has been, and will be, is to keep removing invaluable traffic lanes, thus creating clogged and congested streets for everyone's driving pleasure. And who is to blame? Why we are, of course. Who else?
On November 15th, 2021, Seattle announced it would be installing a total of 8 new traffic enforcement cameras, stating that it would no longer tolerate drivers blocking intersections and illegally utilizing bus only lanes. While on the face of it, all this seems sensible until you instead consider two important components, the first being Seattle's longterm plan of both removing and narrowing lanes by changing 4-lane roads down to two, as they did to 12th Ave East and 12th Ave back in the early 1990s; and second, converting many lanes in the downtown core to transit/bus only; these kinds of decisions making a tight transportation corridor even tighter, subjecting drivers to the VERY conditions Seattle will now be issuing tickets for. A further factor to all this are the many bicycle lanes added throughout the city, taking over lanes that were previously car only. While it seems that wishful thinking is operational here, geographic and population density reality says otherwise, that all along, this focus upon lane reduction was, and remains, a very bad idea.
And when did all of this kind of thinking begin, this campaign to slow and stop Seattle's drivers? Back in the 1970s is when the placing of traffic circles on residential streets began, and to this day, at $30,000 each, traffic circles continue popping up everywhere like mushrooms upon a rainy Autumn day. By 2017 Seattle had built 1,200 of them throughout the city, and how many more since I don't want to know.
Where else can you find a huge tree growing in the middle of a street? Nowhere I hope but a few other American cities are also following Seattle's lead in constructing these confounding and unnecessary monuments to municipal stupidity. Anyway, please note that beginning January 1, 2022, enforcement begins with, first, a warning ticket, and then thereafter for eternity, a $75.00 ticket. And please remember, when trying to dodge these tickets, GOD is waiting for you, pen in hand, waiting to cite you one more time.
Where the new cameras are: Aurora N & Galer---Westlake N & Valley/Roy---4th & Battery---
5th Ave & Olive Way---3rd & Stewart---1st & Columbia---3rd & James---4th & S Jackson
Happy driving but don't honk that horn. In Seattle, it's illegal. Ha ha the joke's on you!
The $102.00 Hopelink Ride
My last ride Monday was a good one, a $102.00 Hopelink ride from Seattle to Kent, taking a gentleman home from kidney dialysis. This happens round-trip three times a week. Add it all up for a year and Hopelink spends more-or-less $25,000 per year despite there being many kidney centers within 15 minutes of his house. The ride one way takes from 60 to 90 minutes depending on traffic. He has been doing this for 7 years. Add in the fact of potential car accidents and exposure to COVID-19, one might think all this is a bad idea. Hoeplink, how does this make any sense?
And oh, another example, Hopelink transporting a fellow to his methadone clinic at least 3 days a week, if not more, RT from Vashon Island to 1700 Airport Way South and back. The cost? $187.00 one way. The ferry ride is fun but Hopelink, what the hell are you doing? But Vashon is a fun place to visit.
And another aside. Given he lives on the south side of the island, and near the ferry terminal to Tacoma, why isn't he going to a Tacoma clinic? Strange to me.
All this Rain is making me Insane
19 inches recorded for Sept-Nov. The November reporting is just short of 11 inches of rain for the month. Bring an umbrella! Or turn into a duck. Or fish. Or otter.
Nice to Tell Me That
While at my favorite shop getting 1092 worked upon, a longtime Yellow driver came and up said, "I know you. You are a good guy. You have a good heart," saying this while motioning with his hand to his heart. Good to know some have been following and paying attention to my many years taxi industry advocacy. Thanks much! Screw money, his words the very best kind of payment! I am richer for it.
An instant CLASSIC! Except I beg to differ about metro pop. King Co. Pop is 3.5, I think Seattle's around 800k, penned in lil ol lake city, near the now defunct rim rockReplyDelete