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Eight "Awesome" Ideas for Metro Improvements, and One Lousy One

The C Is for Crank has a quibble with Seattle Transit Blog's suggested Metro "improvements."

10/02/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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Times Columnist Still Yearning for the Perfect Metro Tax

The Seattle Times' Danny Westneat continues to argue against a tax for Metro service—this time, by making the perfect the enemy of the good.

10/01/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Opinion

The C Is For Crank Likes and Dislikes

The C Is for Crank piles on with her own Likes and Dislikes.

09/26/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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The C Is For Crank: Drivers vs. Reality Edition

TV news reporters round up drivers who are livid that parking rates in six areas are going up 50 cents. Apparently, that doesn't leave much room to interview drivers in the five areas where rates are going down.

08/05/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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The C Is for Crank: Carpocalypse Never

As usual, a road closure fails to lead to gridlock, despite hyperbolic predictions that narrowing I-90 to one lane would result in a traffic disaster, including 10-mile backups and travel times six times as long as usual.

07/21/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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Microhousing Opponents: They Shouldn't Be Allowed to Live Like That

The C Is for Crank: Microhousing opponents' main arguments aren't legal or logical, but emotional.

06/25/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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The C Is for Crank: Framing Density and Bike Lanes

The C Is for Crank on how to frame discussions of density and bike lanes.

04/17/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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Don't Listen to the Seattle Times on Prop. 1

Don't listen to the Seattle Times. Vote "Yes" on Metro funding this April.

04/08/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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Supply and Demand Doesn't Contradict Support for a Higher Minimum Wage

The C Is for Crank on the apartment market vs. the labor market.

04/04/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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Seattle Times Says "No" on Parks Levy. Crank Says "Yes."

The C Is for Crank on why Seattle's proposed parks district is a smart long-term investment.

04/01/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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On the $15 Minimum Wage Proposal (or: If I Were Queen of Seattle)

The minimum wage conundrum: Solved! By the C Is for Crank.

03/20/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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Gov. Inslee Declares Death-Penalty Moratorium

On Governor Jay Inslee's death-penalty moratorium.

02/11/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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Imagine If...

The Seahawks parade as an argument for preserving public transit.

02/05/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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McMorris Rodgers on Babies and Bootstraps

Cathy McMorris Rodgers' response to Obama's State of the Union was myopic, anecdotal, and shockingly self-centered.

01/29/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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What I Hope Obama Addresses Tonight

What I hope Obama addresses in his State of the Union address tonight.

01/28/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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Uber and Lyft and Women's Empowerment

The case for disruptive technology—in this case, ridesharing—as a tool for women's empowerment.

01/24/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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Jezebel vs. Consent

Jezebel offers $10,000 for "unretouched" Vogue photos of Lena Dunham. Never mind asking her whether she wants those photos released.

01/16/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

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The C Is for Crank: Prickly, Parking, and Planning

Some weird things I noticed about double standards, "free" parking, and urban planning.

01/07/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Opinion

Raising the Minimum Wage Won't "Devastate" Businesses

The C Is for Crank says that, contrary to the Seattle Times' assertions, raising the minimum wage won't "devastate" small businesses.

10/30/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

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The Small-Lot Menace

Once again, the Seattle Times misconstrues what's happening on small lots in single-family neighborhoods.

09/25/2013 By Erica C. Barnett