Car hatred in Seattle
Mayor Nickels’s latest assault on Seattle residents and businesses is a series of street closures. The closures, of course, pertain only to vehicles. The “streets belong to the people” mentality will be revived and pedestrians, bicyclists, and skaters will have the run of a few scenic streets Sundays in August and September. Church goers, of course, will have to use alternate routes.
How quaint. And how very well thought out. Sales tax revenues are down in the city, and Metro Transit is considering raising bus fares to make sure the burden falls squarely on the shoulders of the struggling working class, as well as the Greens.
Nickels fiddles while Seattle revenues sink, and makes them sink deeper. Alki business owners are trying to raise the obvious fact that business will decline, and with it, sales tax revenues, if Sunday traffic is cut off.
But Nickels, his eye on the title of America’s Greenest Mayor, says just to chill. Get out of your car and walk, take the bus, do a chalk painting. This is a demonstration of how livable Seattle can be without driving.
Seattle has a pathological hatred for cars and drivers. Last month a horde of Critical Mass hooligans on bikes terrorized and injured a driver. No one was prosecuted. The driver’s self-defense attempts were condemned as “aggressive and belligerent.” But Critical Mass goes on with its rides of terror, to “educate” people as to the “rights” of cyclists. According to the laws in this state, cyclists have the same “rights” as drivers to obey the laws of the road.
People put up with congestion, lack of parking, and overall hostility to cars to do business in Seattle. Last summer, my husband and I did a few things in the city but couldn’t get a place to park so that we could stop to eat, so we went on Des Moines, to an Anthony’s that had a parking lot. I suspect others will start doing business elsewhere if the anti-car madness continues. Some of us find the suggestion to “just chill,” chilling.