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On Other Blogs Today: Parklets, Apartmentlets, and More
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1. Seattle Transit Blog's Martin Duke argues that passing Proposition 1, the $60 car-tab fee and 0.1-cent sales tax to prevent cuts to King County Metro bus service of up to 17 percent, will save jobs in King County by preventing employers from moving elsewhere because their employees can't get to work.
"There is a certain level of congestion and delay beyond which each person is unwilling to go, both because the loss of time begins to cost too much and because quality of life begins to suffer," Duke writes. "To keep and add jobs, we have to keep people coming into, and moving around, the city."
2. Well, here's some interesting logic: KIRO Radio's Dori Monson argues that parklets—mini-parks that take up a parking space, of which about a dozen are being installed around the city—are a terrible idea because: 1) They take up parking (that is: About a dozen spaces of the city's thousands and thousands of on-street parking spots; 2) Someone apparently told Dori Monson they're "hip" and 3) Dori Monson can, personally, think of "few things more miserable than sitting on a wood deck out in the street," because Dori Monson apparently hates air and sunshine.
Check out Josh's decidedly different take on parklets here.
3. Monson would really hate these parklet-sized apartments, which, Fast Company reports, will turn parking garages into "mini-cities," filled with tiny living spaces for people willing to live in just a couple hundred square feet—taking out parking for cars so people can afford to live in cities.
4. Another group has formed to organize against the proposed $15 minimum wage, the Seattle Times reports. Sustainable Wages Seattle argues that the increase will be a "job killer," adding, in the Times' words, "one more voice to the increasingly loud debate over the smallest amount employers should pay workers in this city." The group (the third to form opposed to aspects of 15Now's minimum wage proposal), is backed by small businesses, including a nail salon in West Seattle.
And as we reported today, yet another business-backed group, OneSeattle, announced today that it's opposing a $15 minimum unless it includes "total compensation," AKA tips and other benefits like meals and health care, a phase-in over several years, and a sub-minimum "training wage" for new workers.