Politics If the News Team Gave Out Genius Awards…
(…and we just might this year…for Group, Activist, and a Sitting Politician), a lead candidate for genius Group would be The Congress for the New Urbanism.
CNU just released a report that challenges WSDOT’s and the Seattle City Council’s studies of the no replacement option (the streets and transit option, actually) for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
I just got my hands on it. Lots of graphs and fun reading tonight.
Quickly, it looks like the study takes on some of the myths that skewed WSDOT’s findings against the People’s Waterfront Coalition’s “no rebuild option.”
Here’s what CNU says:
Myth #1: Most Alaskan Way Viaduct trips are long distance trips through the city. Nope! 58% of the trips are under five miles.
Myth #2: AWV is critical for freight. Nope! Only 4,000 “medium and heavy-duty trucks” per day on the AWV out of total traffic of 103,000.
Myth #3: The downtown street grid lacks capacity to move additional traffic. Nope. The street grid to the west of I-5 is about twice the capacity of AWV.
I’m going to give it serious read tonight, and I’ll report back tomorrow.
Shout Out to ECB in Germany: Aren’t you jealous?!?!