Politics Oxy Moron
posted by December 27 at 14:10 PMon
Today’s PI has an article about the potential that newly-empowered Democratic Congress members, like Sen. Patty Murray, have for bringing more money to Seattle and Washington state.
Mr. $3.6 billion to $5.5 billion tunnel, Mayor Nickels, is on that train. The PI writes:
Nickels didn’t waste time. He came to Washington, D.C., soon after the election to talk to lawmakers and administration officials about replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, climate change and broader use of pollution credits.
So, Nickels wants to build a freeway through downtown to accomodate 140,000 vehicles a day (currently the the viaduct serves about 110,000 vehicles a day) rather than pushing for the estimated $2 billion to $2.7 billion boulevard/transit option. (The bolevard/transit option would bring auto traffic down to about 80,000 vehicles—while creating a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood downtown.)
Well then, I guess it’s a good thing that the second two items on Mayor Freeway Through Downtown’s agenda were climate change and pollution credits!
Blah. What a hypocrite.