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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Doug MacDonald

Doug MacDonald has served as chief executive in infrastructure agencies in Massachusetts (Greater Boston drinking water/wastewater) and Washington State (Secretary of Transportation, 2001-2007). His best job was fifty years ago as a rural extension agent in the Peace Corps in Malawi in southern Africa. He has written on the environment, transportation and politics for professional and general publications for many years.

Epic Traffic Jam: Exactly Zero Action To Fix I-5’s Looming Crisis

Today not one dollar or one hour at either WSDOT or SDOT is being spent (officially) on large-scale, large-vision planning for the future I-5 transportation function into and through Seattle. It's a crime of neglect.

Seattle Scar: I-5 Ripped A Hole Through The City – An Anonymous Author Offers An Audacious Fix

What if we were to lid the downtown I-5? Or put all its traffic into new tunnels to the east? Or get rid of it entirely? Big visions, but also big questions.

Uber is Escalating the Scooter Battle Into a War Over Big Data

"Grab the popcorn. This is a major power struggle over the future of city streets, and it’s just getting started.”

Scooter Wars: As Seattle Ponders, Other Cities Take A Bumpy Ride

Pretty obvious lessons do emerge. Don’t start too big. Do earnestly protect the rights and safety of non-users. Don’t pretend rules will be followed without enforcement. Insist on defect-free and properly maintained devices.

Dem Debates: The Perils of Feverish Factionalism

I fear that any of the Big Three are creating personas of self that will serve up red meat for the ravenous pit bulls to be mega-funded in the campaign to make Donald Trump not the issue.

Lime Disease Update: Bike Share Catches Fire… Literally

The same night that bike batteries ignited in the Lime Bike Ballard warehouse, passerby video caught a spectacular Lime Bike battery pyrotechnics at the UW campus.

Lime Disease: Is This Where Bike Share Goes To Die?

So many mysteries. Emails to SDOT and Lime so far have produced no answers.

Mayor Durkan: Out Damn Chemicals! (Really?)

Unlike Seattle, cities elsewhere are outright banning park and public open space use of glysophate.

Another One Down: What We Need To Do NOW To Cut Pedestrian Accidents

For pedestrian deaths and serious injuries, Seattle is rapidly careening toward by far the worst year in recent memory.

Remembering Tom Gibbs, a Titan of Seattle Infrastructure

Do we all understand that a community is only as livable today and sustainable tomorrow as the quality of its infrastructure underpinnings? ...

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All Jumbled Up: The Shifting Politics Of Trade In The China And NAFTA 2.0 Deals

While both Trump and Democrats have been politicizing the trade issue, the President not bashing China and Democrats voting in favor of his USMCA are encouraging. I sense a growing realization that trade wars are not good for the economy.