City Well, That’s Big of Her
posted by January 22 at 12:55 PMon
The Times reports that Gov. Christine Gregoire wants to hear what Seattle voters have to say on March 13 before she decides how the state will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
This is the election, you’ll recall, that Gregoire pushed the city council into holding, by threatening to move forward with a larger rebuilt viaduct if they didn’t make a decision. (The council had preferred an April election, but Gregoire scotched that idea because she wanted a vote before the end of the legislative session.) So the fact that the governor is allowing the citizens of Seattle to vote on a nonbinding resolution before shoving a new viaduct down our throats is hardly an act of generosity.
Here’s how I’m voting: No, and NO. I definitely don’t want a new elevated freeway, but I’m also skeptical about the cost and design of the “tunnel lite,” the details of which could fit on a bar napkin. This vote is, as Peter Steinbrueck put it, a sham. It’s a false choice between the ugly and the unknown, and we shouldn’t fall for it.