1. The New Pioneer Square blog reports on Walkscore's latest calculation of neighborhood transit-friendliness (AKA their TransitScore), which found that Pioneer Square has a perfect transit score of 100, and is Seattle's third most walkable neighborhood, after downtown (no surprise there) and the Denny Triangle.
"Daily errands," WalkScore notes succinctly, "do not require a car in Pioneer Square."
2. The Bellevue Reporter has the news that Bellevue Chamber of Commerce has come out against King County Proposition 1, arguing that the measure—which will prevent 17 percent cuts to bus service across the region—is a bad idea because it won't increase transit service.
Huh? We certainly like the idea of increasing transit service, rather than just preserving it, but the Bellevue Chamber's "solution—rejecting a measure to prevent service cuts—throws out the baby with the bathwater, allowing an already inadequate system to fall further into disrepair.
We'll have plenty more to say about Prop. 1 in the coming days, but since ballots have already gone out, here's OOBT's endorsement: If you want to save transit service (and keep tens of thousands of additional cars off the roads) in King County, vote "yes" before April 22.
3. Still not convinced that transit is a vital service that needs funding? Transportation Choices paints a grim picture of what's happened in Pierce County since voters there rejected a 2011 proposal to preserve transit service, forcing cuts of 43 percent.
Those cuts, TCC writes, have led to a "dire" situation in which Sunday service is virtually "non-existent," "most buses stop running aroud 7:30," and service is currently "at 1990 level[s] in 2014." Whether you drive a car or ride the bus, that isn't a future any resident of King County should hope for.
4. OOBT is bummed at the news that, after 33 years, Piecora's Pizza—which definitely ranks on our top-5 list for Seattle slices—is closing its doors on April 15.
Capitol Hill Seattle has the news that the Capitol Hill institution has sold its property on 14th and Madison to a Chicago apartment developer, which has not yet announced when and how it plans to develop the property.
5. Finally, the Washington Post reports that sprawl is bad for social mobility—that is, residents' ability to move upward on the income ladder. Lower-income residents of areas with low overall density, like Atlanta, were less likely to move upward into higher income brackets than residents of dense urban areas; for example, in relatively sprawling Baton Rouge, LA, a child born in the lowest income quintile had a 7.2 percent chance of moving into the top income quintile, compared to a 10.2 percent chance for a child living in relatively compact Madison, WI.
In addition to income mobility, obesity was less prevalent, people lived longer, and combined housing and transportation expenses were lower in higher-density areas.