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On Other Blogs Today: Cars Increase Housing Costs, and That Parking Space Doesn't Belong to You

By Erica C. Barnett October 16, 2012

 

 

1. In the Atlantic, Seattle developer A-P Hurd explains why "that parking spot in front of your house doesn't belong to you," and suggests some ways cities could transform curb parking spaces into bike parking, patios, and even parklets. 

2. Towleroad highlights a new ad for marriage equality in Washington state, featuring, among others, state Rep. Jamie Pedersen, his partner Eric Cochran Pedersen, and their four young boys. 

3. As a new poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee's lead shrinking to three percent, the Seattle Times notes that 10 daily papers across the state (including, of course, the Times itself) have endorsed Inslee's Republican opponent, Rob McKenna. 

4. At CityTank, Dan Bertolet issues a list of pro-density, pro-affordable-housing broadsides—or, as he puts it, "koans"—including one of PubliCola's longtime favorites: "If a certain location offers unique economic benefits or amenities, households can and will spend more on housing to live there. The most important example is transportation—in walkable, transit-rich areas households can significantly reduce their total expenses by not owning a car."

5. The Seattle Times' Brian Rosenthal deems the 5th District state senate race the "most interesting" one in the state. That's one word for it: The race, for the seat being vacated by Republican Cheryl Pflug, has featured charges of lying, unearthed piles of lawsuits, and some of the nastiest campaigning in recent state history. 

6. Less interesting, perhaps, but still crucial, is the 10th District senate race, where longtime Democratic incumbent and transportation committee chair Mary Margaret Haugen is undergoing a formidable challenge from Republican Barbara Bailey; the Everett Herald has more on that race. 

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