“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.” One phone book, eight Chase credit card offers, 23 Comcast cable TV pitches, 15 pounds (!) of RedPlum catalogs, and more…. Alan Durning continues his crusade against junk mail, complete with revenge fantasies for the makers of RedPlum. He also envisions what post office’s future could hold, with a hope for smarter delivery options and, of course, less junk mail. Read more.
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After months of hearings, a Seattle city council committee has released a draft blueprint for regulating on-demand, app-based “ridesharing” companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar that would dramatically curtail their growth in the city, if not kill their current business model.
Until now they’ve been picking up customers illegally and with virtually no oversight from the city. This has been unfair to taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers, the bulk of whom are immigrants and who have to follow a thicket … read more »
Sightline is releasing a new report today—Who Pays for Parking?—documenting the hidden parking subsidies that raise the cost of housing in greater Seattle. In a nutshell, the study finds that “cheap” parking really means expensive rents—which means that parking reform is a high priority for boosting housing affordability. Read on for details…
Imagine, just for a moment, that you live in an apartment building that offers a special lunch deal. Every morning the landlords put out … read more »
To inform debate over coal exports and oil shipments, Sightline is analyzing public at-grade rail crossings from Sandpoint, Idaho to Cherry Point, Washington.
If fossil fuel companies succeed in shipping the volumes of fuel they have planned, they will—by sheer physical necessity—disrupt vehicle and rail traffic all along the rail route. In our final chapter of the series, we examine the effects in Skagit and Whatcom Counties.
Coal and oil trains—loaded in the interior of North America and bound for the coast—would close off streets for hours each day. read more »
“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.