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January 19, 2007

Governor Gregoire, Mayor Nickels and the Seattle City Council are living in the past

From Governor, Mayor and City Council Living in the Past on Viaduct Issue:

The real issue is that Governor Gregoire, Mayor Nickels and the City Council are living in the past. Look around - and I don't just mean here, look at Iraq. Spending billions to build roads and tunnels for cars has led to gridlock in Seattle and war in the middle east. Auto-based investments in urban environments are the past.

I'm just asking our elected officials to be true visionaries - tear down the Viaduct and use those billions to manage the change in traffic patterns and rapid transit solutions that move people without creating more greenhouse emissions.

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Posted by Jeff on January 19, 2007 at 10:48 AM in Policy | Permalink


Some of us remember how Safeco Field came to be over the vote of the people - how control of a number of Public Relation firms delivered Qwest Stadium - how the Sonics were awarded a to be named Key Arena stripped to a skeleton to provide a then State of the Art home - how the electorate's plea to end the Iraq occupation in the 2006 election has resulted in an increase of our best and finest being sent to Iraq -

It has been argued convincingly that we should take a small fraction of the $300 million and spend it on youth sports. The remainder could then be used for health care, education, hunger issues and warm places for our homeless. Believe it or not success in these areas may contribute more to the success of our citizens and our economy then the values attributed to professional sports. After all, Howard can explain to us the economic difficulties associated with professional sports ownership.

Ironically, if this new direction came to be, none of the efforts would be included in our leaders legacy, and they would be remembered as the politicians who caused one of the largest metropolitan areas to exist without a basketball team. Woe be our values!


Posted by: Jack Smith | Jan 19, 2007 10:27:16 PM

My post above was intended for the Sonics $300 million demand in a different thread, but in a way my mistake is fitting because this is the same issue of spending big money on big showy projects while neglecting matters that matter. Between the Viaduct and I-520, some of our leaders see no choice for Seattle but to spend big bucks to allow more cars on the road, basically ignoring the need for the less than popular mass transit that might help us to reduce the potential of the sometime popular Global Warming issue.

So who is counting, this was a cold winter.

Less than perfect myself,

Posted by: Jack Smith | Jan 19, 2007 10:53:13 PM

Jack, I've responded to your comments with an updated post here:

Posted by: Jeff | Jan 20, 2007 12:32:44 AM

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