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Green Lake Community Center is run down like Havana, Cuba, and Seattle’s Pronto communalized bicycle program is history  like the Berlin Wall in 1989.

That shouldn’t surprise us. City-run socialism often fails just as badly as national socialism does. Economics teaches us that.

End the Seattle Parks District and privatize the parks. Private entities, either for-profit or nonprofit, should run Seattle’s parks (and its bikes program, if any). With bikes, let the market decide. With parks, privatize them so they won’t look like pre-1989 Eastern Europe.

Jeff E. Jared, Kirkland