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Car hatred in Seattle

August 2, 2008

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.

  1. Anonymous permalink
    August 19, 2008 9:11 pm

    Wow, you sound pretty angry. Maybe a nice walk on a Car Free Day would do you some good?

  2. August 20, 2008 7:26 am

    I’ll take that under advisement, Anonymous–but I’d rather be stunt-driving my two-ton Audi across the Arctic Refuge.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    September 6, 2008 9:12 pm

    Greg Nickels is the worst mayor Seattle has ever
    elected into office. Especially pushing for more
    bike trails and costing Seattlites millions upon millions of dollars, creating the worst gridlock
    the city has ever seen. The guy is a real piece work. How about his little bike ride to city hall?
    Takes bike out of trunk of his limo and rides 3
    blocks. What a phony

  4. September 14, 2008 12:43 am

    So I’m not a big fan of Nickels but to say that any American city has a pathological hatred of cars is the biggest pity party in the world. It’s kinda like that whole reverse racism thing. Oh the dominant paradigm is shifting a little itty bitty and somebody is all grumpy about it.

    It’s hardly working class to complain about not being able to drive. Working class people usually take public transit. Because, they are working class. If you can afford to commute tens of miles a day in a car, you might be making wage, but you’re making a pretty nice wage.

    I think maybe Seattle is pathologically whiny.

  5. September 14, 2008 11:49 am

    I’m just a fussbody, Adam; I don’t have standing to throw a pity party, because I don’t live in Seattle. I have to limit my exposure to pathology. :)

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