RPZ 32

RPZ 32Last Saturday, our neighborhood became Restricted Parking Zone 32. I’m glad to see it.

We have off-street parking, but we applied for a guest permit. It was cheap, and it will come in handy when friends stop by.

We mailed in our application, rather than make a trip to the SDOT office. I was sort of expecting it in Saturday’s mail, then I was halfway expecting it in today’s mail.

We did mail it in rather late in the process, however. There’s no rush.

I’ve been glancing at windshields this morning and this evening. I haven’t seen any RPZ 32 permits at all. I haven’t seen any parking tickets, either. (I didn’t expect to see any tickets on the second day the zone took effect, actually.)

City Changes

On my way into work, whether I ride the 47 bus or Link light rail, I pass by three Pronto! bike sharing stations. Pronto! shut down a few days ago. The bicycles are gone, but the stations are still there – waiting to be removed. I never used the service myself, but I’m sad to see it go. I had my doubts about it, the idea of bicycle sharing in this hilly, car-centric city, but I was happy to be wrong, and to see all those Pronto! bikes on the street. But, it seems that good ideas don’t always work out.

I don’t know when it happened,  but I first noticed the return of the 47 stop at Summit & Harrison last week. That stop had been removed between the elimination and the revival of route 47. The 47 will never be as good as it was back when it was the northern end of route 14, but I’m glad to see at least part of it restored to its former usefulness.

I saw my first car2go Mercedes-Benz CLA yesterday. It was quite a paradigm shift for me, seeing a car2go badge on a luxury sedan. I see the added choice as a good thing. It’s been a very long time since I’ve used a car2go, and I have yet to use my ReachNow account. It’s been years since I used Zipcar. I just haven’t had the need to borrow a car.

Seattle used to have several great neighborhood blogs. My favorites were the Capitol Hill Blog, the University District Blog, and the Beacon Hill Blog. The best of all the neighborhood blogs has been the Capitol Hill Blog. In addition to the standard community announcements, it contains real news, and actual investigative reporting. (That morning when all the buses in the neighborhood had stopped running, the only place that told me that someone had taken a joy ride in a stolen recycling truck was the Capitol Hill Blog.) Every neighborhood blog has since run out of energy (the last post on the Beacon Hill Blog is dated November 4, 2015) – except the Capitol Hill Blog. It’s been going as strong as ever – until now. Justin, the guy behind the blog, is taking a “break”. I hope the Capitol Hill Blog comes back, someday, but there’s no guarantee.

I was searching this blog this morning, looking for something, when I stumbled upon the day I went into a Walmart with Pamela. It was my first and only visit to a Walmart. Phillip waited in the car, but I was curious about the inside of this evil place. Pamela had promised me that the massage I had scheduled with her would rid me of the bad Walmart mojo. Sigh.

Capitol Hill To Pioneer Square In 13 Minutes

I had a dental appointment this morning at 8:00. It was originally scheduled for yesterday at my preferred 7:00, but when I saw the chain of meetings scheduled at my office, I rescheduled for today. I’d called to reschedule last week, so I had to settle for the earliest time I could get – so 8:00 today it was.

My dentist’s office is a few blocks from Capitol Hill Station. My office is a few blocks from Pioneer Square Station.

I looked at my watch as I stepped out of my dentist’s office: 9:08. I looked at my watch again after I sat down at my desk: 9:21. That’s including the walk to Capitol Hill Station, a 5-minute wait for the train, the walk from Pioneer Square Station. the elevator ride up to my floor, and the detour to my boss’ desk to let her know I’d arrived.

Link light rail is fast.