King County is laying the groundwork to solve its own transit funding problems in the event that the legislature fails to devise a “balanced” transportation package. Under its Plan B option, the county could avoid cataclysmic cuts in King County Metro bus service by creating a Transportation Benefit District and raising its own revenue. Read more.
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“Your blog on junk mail . . . reminded me of the stickers I saw on postboxes in Amsterdam last year. . . . Here is one example.
Almost all postboxes have these stickers, from what I saw while we spent a few days there. I was fascinated.
Just in time for the Arctic Blast, here is a group of Siberian percussionists playing blocks of ice and making jaw-droppingly beautiful music.
#BlackFridayParking was the crowd-sourced social-media highlight of the week. A project of our friends at Strong Towns, it set out to vividly illustrate just how preposterously excessive parking quotas are—by photographing empty parking lots at shopping areas on Black Friday. The theory of parking quotas is that they’re set to accommodate the consumer hordes on the busiest days of the year, as I detailed in Park, Raving Mad. So, for example, Black Friday. But guess what, they overshoot. Thanks to Strong Towns, you can see the insanity in full color: scores of photos of unused parking on the one day it’s supposed to be full. Go here and scroll down to the slide show.
NPR‘s Planet Money took a stunning, multimedia look at what it takes to make a t-shirt, from the cotton to the outsourced labor to the shipping and more. Definitely worth a watch, especially as we get into the holiday season and perhaps take a moment to consider the production lines of all the various gifts we give and receive.
This isn’t the first time this has made the rounds, but it still fascinates me…a time lapse depiction of every nuclear explosion between 1945 and 1998. Fast forward to about 1961 to see the fireworks. It’s easy to forget how profoundly the atomic bomb shaped the American psyche in those years; I still recall the debilitating mix of panic and powerlessness I’d feel in bed at night, thinking about a school air raid drill earlier in the day. The only way to get over it was to go into denial, and just think about something else…a reaction that reminds me an awful lot of how we react today to the specter of global climate change. read more »
As a raft of oil-by-rail projects in the Northwest has gotten underway, I’ve been asked by any number of folks about the source of Washington’s oil. So as a reference point, here are three snapshots of the state’s oil flow, circa 2011. All of the charts below are taken directly from a report from the Washington Department of Ecology.
Here’s a map—click to enlarge it—of the routes taken by refined products in Washington.
As the Ecology report … read more »
You see that picture? That’s one whole year of my junk mail. Almost 33 pounds of it. A 20 inch stack of expensive, forest-destroying, unwanted trash.
And that’s nothing! I’m five years into a crusade to defend my little mailbox from paper spam. A typical Seattle household gets three times as much: 100 pounds a year. In 2009, when I last did a 365-day count, my stack was four inches taller and weighed in at 50 pounds. That was … read more »