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Old 11-11-2009, 01:17 AM
 
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No, I happen to know the guy. Let's leave it at that.
I know him too. He'll be a great mayor! I'm psyched.
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:55 AM
 
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I know him too. He'll be a great mayor! I'm psyched.

Anybody who is "psyched" by a Sierra Club bicycle riding mayor taking over Seattle.....

.....is scarier than the mayor-to-be.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:02 AM
 
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Questions: Will he be pro-business? Will he be pro-density? Will he be pro-highrise? Not living in Seattle anymore, but still with an interest, I really want to know. Or is he just spewing out the typical liberal agenda? Is there any substance here? Again, I don't know, but am very curious. It's one thing to spend a lot of taxpayer money, another to make it work for the progress of a growing city. Which will it be?
Those are my curious questions too.

But I think maybe a typical liberal agenda is exactly what (a slim) majority of people in Seattle want. I can't remember how many times people are complaining that Greg Nickels are too friendly with businesses, and the fact that majority of people picked a ex-Sierra Club member over a well-connected businessman supported by the business community is stunning.

A perfect mayor is probably somewhere in between - a city needs to be for its people but it cannot sustain without thriving business. It will be a very interesting time for Seattle.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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Interesting observations, Bellevue Guy...I don't think the voters ditched Nickels because he was too friendly with business. In fact, a lot of small business people opposed him because people in the neighborhoods opposed him. He devoted a lot of money and energy into south Lake Union, ignoring the needs of a lot of other neighborhoods, including the needs of the business folks in those neighborhoods..
McGinn was a neighborhood guy, was active on the Greenwood Community Council. Nobody knew who Mallahan was. He hadn't been involved in local issues at all.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:20 PM
 
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Nickels was okay but he was kind of a goon.

The number one complaint of conventioners visiting the city was "you have too many bums and panhandlers." And the response was "bag tax!"
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:24 AM
 
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It would be ironic if 4 years from now people looked back on the Nickels years fondly. I don't think either Mallahan or McGinn is qualified to be mayor. But I respect the will of my fellow citizens and hope McGinn proves me wrong. As a non-car owning transit user in Seattle's densest hood, I'm certainly on his side on many issues and share most of his views in support of denser, less car-oriented development. I'm just very skeptical that he will be able to accomplish his goals without the necessary compromises any politician must make. That in turn will embitter many of his ardent followers, who will then turn on him and find a new, purer figurehead in another 4 or 8 years. Remember, Nickels was the "kinder, gentler" alternative to Sidran back in 2001.

All large cities have nimby problems, but this city, with its high percentage of degreed professionals, has a nimby problem writ large. I fear that any mayor trying to make any sort of decisions can be easily labeled, as Nickels was, as "difficult to work with". Giuliani's and Daley's reputations are of being tough, aggressive mayors, but I don't think either of them would last a minute in this town. They'd throw up their hands in frustration!
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Old 11-12-2009, 03:58 PM
 
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I never had much of a problem with Nickels. And he sure as hell is better than Paul Schell.

But I did vote for McGinn, despite his "unendorsement" of the tunnel.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Stumptown
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Anybody who is "psyched" by a Sierra Club bicycle riding mayor taking over Seattle.....

.....is scarier than the mayor-to-be.
I was really surprised to hear that he won the race. What is Seattle turning into?? Portland??
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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Gawd, let's hope not.

This might be considered unimportant by many, but one issue that has not been addressed here is that Seattle lost the Sonics on Nickels watch. Perhaps not Nickels fault totally, but the fact remains.

And I won't even touch the snow response issues. (Admittedly a tough issue in a city where you can get two feet one year, and a trace the next!).

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:32 PM
 
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Gawd, let's hope not.

This might be considered unimportant by many, but one issue that has not been addressed here is that Seattle lost the Sonics on Nickels watch. Perhaps not Nickels fault totally, but the fact remains.

And I won't even touch the snow response issues. (Admittedly a tough issue in a city where you can get two feet one year, and a trace the next!).
I don't think the Sonics was much of an issue, though maybe the point or two it might have cost him did push him to lose in the primary. Nick Licata won reelection, after all, and he was really obnoxious about the Sonics. I think the issue that did the heavy lifting in defeating Nickels was the fact that he simply made too many enemies over the years related to neighborhood issues. I don't recall McGinn making an issue about the Sonics' departure.
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