« Why Seattle's Tree Canopy is disappearing | Main | Public Works and Transportation to look at Hildebrand on Monday 31 (3 to 5) »

March 24, 2008

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bfbc053ef00e55184c6ca8834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The Chamber persists (and so does the community):

Comments

Audrey Van Voorhis ARNP

Greed is a powerful motivator-I had an office on Hildebrand for a few years and the only people using the road were using it as a short-cut around the traffic on the highway and the traffic circle. I suspect that the business on Hildebrand and Erikson do just fine without the road going through.

Ed

I work in the building with the new doctors clinic behind Winslow Paint. I don't see how you can say that traffic is minimal most of the time. Traffic through the parking lot is insane in the morning, at lunch and in the afternoon. Ask anyone with an office window that faces the parking lot. At those times of the day, the traffic is bumper-to-bumper through the parking lot. Where are these people going? I am not sure but it is extremely unsafe for people who are trying to walk in the parking lot. People who work in the surrounding buildings should feel safe leaving their place of work and right now, I do not. The parking lot was not built to act as a street. There are no sidewalks, no crosswalks and in places, there isn't room for two cars to pass one another.

I say you could put a 2-car wide street through the park and still have room for the park. No shoulder; just room for two cars to pass. Add a couple giant speed bumps. Continue trimming the brush on the east side of the park and there is definitely room for the park and a street to coexist. Make the street surface out of pavers or something to make it blend with the park. Keep it narrow so people will drive slowly.

You say that traffic is minimal through the parking lot because you haven't seen the traffic jams. I could say that use of the park is minimal because I never see anyone using more than the sidewalk that cuts through the park. But, I will give you the benefit of the doubt before I start calling for the total elimination of the park.

Anyone thinking that encouraging on-island jobs is all about greed needs think about how much energy is being spent carrying people to their off-island jobs.

rick

without arguing whether the road through there really is a good idea, let me just point out that ever since that park was put in, the bank on the corner was opposed and they intentionally kept (and keep) that drive-thru opened.

Council said to close it, the bank exec (who i think was running for mayor at the time) winked and kept it open. thus violating the spirit of the closure, and allowing everyone to save face.

I say close it off and let's see what really happens.

Andrea

The pocket park was originally created to mitigate the trees that were "accidentally" cut down when Safeway was built. (There was supposed to be a much larger buffer of trees between Safeway and the library.) Don't let corporations bully us into accepting their "mistakes"! We need to hold strong to keeping as much character as we can.
Personally I enjoy slowing down and driving the circuitous route through the parking lots. I appreciate the owners of this property for providing this local access.

Andrea

The pocket park was originally created to mitigate the trees that were "accidentally" cut down when Safeway was built. (There was supposed to be a large buffer of trees between Safeway and the library.) Don't let corporations bully us into accepting their "mistakes"! We need to hold strong to keeping as much character as we can.
Personally I enjoy slowing down and driving the circuitous route through the parking lots. I appreciate the owners of this property for providing this local access.

Andrea

The pocket park was originally created to mitigate the trees that were "accidentally" cut down when Safeway was built. (There was supposed to be a large buffer of trees between Safeway and the library.) Don't let corporations bully us into accepting their "mistakes"! We need to hold strong to keeping as much character as we can.
Personally I enjoy slowing down and driving the circuitous route through the parking lots. I appreciate the owners of this property for providing this local access.

Andrea

oops!!
My lack of experience at commenting is showing...
My apologies...

Makamtela

I don't know about companies in India, but what you might do is look aunrod for someone who has a system, then ask where they got it. If you have trouble finding anyone with a system, maybe it's not a very good deal.If the home is in a less-developed area, and all you would be powering is a light, and a radio or TV at night, then you might get by with the kind of system they use in some parts of Africa. It has a 40 or 80-watt panel, and basically a car battery. The appliances run right off the battery, and no charger or other devices are used. This sort of system costs $200-300 when implemented by a nonprofit organization I don't know what the cost if you were to try to set it up, yourself.On the other hand, it sounds like you're already connected to a power grid, and maybe already have a heavy appetite for energy in your house. A solar system with batteries tends to cost about $15 a watt in the USA, when hundreds or thousands of watts are involved. A system for a modest off-grid cabin will cost anywhere from $5000 to $30000, depending on the size.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Regional information sources