Erica C. Barnett was a guest on The Stranger’s “Dear Science” podcast, which is hosted by Jonathan Golob, who was himself a guest on “The David Goldstein Show” just recently.
Here’s my transcript of the clip.
But the downside of [light rail developement from Seattle to Tacoma] is that in Tacoma, the rail line they were takiing about building was going out to relatively undeveloped area. And so, then you’re kind of spuring sprawl. Is it a good thing that your spuring sprawl that’s served by rail? Or would it be better to go to somewhere that’s marginally developed and build that up? Which is what’s happening in the rest of Seattle. Tacoma is south of Seattle, and that’s the part of the project was controversial.
Erica did get one thing right. Tacoma is south of Seattle.
Jonathan Golob continues:
Yeah, it was a long extension through semi-rural areas.
Do these people even live in Washington state? Do they read maps? Do they get out of town much?
SW King County is inside the Urban Growth Boundary, which means that it isn’t- by definition- rural. Carnation is rural. Eatonville is rural. Federal Way is fuck-all else, but it ain’t rural.
Listen to the podcast. Besides this, Golob does a good show and it’s worth listening to.
Even if he’s never been to Federal Way.