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They should've left it open to bikes and peds. Lame. And let's get a freaking Lake Union Water Taxi already!

Posted by DOUG. | May 2, 2007 12:15 PM

There were some bizarre water issues at my house in the north CD today... air in the pipes, loss of pressure, dirt in the water. Wonder if it's related.

Posted by Rhiannon | May 2, 2007 12:41 PM

I think this is why my water was brown (rust color) this morning. I was glad I took a shower last night before bed. I felt like a weirdo brushing my teeth with britta water.

Posted by Ryan | May 2, 2007 12:50 PM

Heh. My dad used to live on a houseboat below that street, and he occasionally parked his car in that exact spot. Or, well, the spot that was there until it sank.

Posted by Cascadian | May 2, 2007 12:51 PM

This happened on day one of Bike to Work month.

Also, the price of gas went up again today.

The Gods have spoken.

Posted by FTW! | May 2, 2007 12:53 PM


The price of gas goes up every day. I so wish I could bike to work.

Posted by Ryan | May 2, 2007 12:54 PM

1,2,3 out!!

Posted by testing... | May 2, 2007 1:01 PM

I bus to work each day.

This is almost as bad as the Biblical flood that hit South Lake Union (can some one please come up with a better name?) last month.

Posted by Transit Man | May 2, 2007 1:01 PM

I live a few blocks South of the University bridge and got to take a gander at it this morning. Normally I would take great pleasure in gawking at our decaying infrastructure, but since they closed the bridge to pedestrian traffic, too, I got to enjoy a circumnavigational power walk around Portage Bay over to Montlake so I could catch a transfer to Bellevue and only be mildly late for work instead of praise-earningly early.

And yeah, that whole brown water bullshit is totally shenanigans. Do I have to boil my water tonight or something? Or is the city going to give me a free bottle of Smart Water?

Interesting: The two cars claimed by the sinkhole belonged to employees of Red Robin. Discuss.

Posted by jackie treehorn | May 2, 2007 1:01 PM

Is that why the 70 found its way to Capitol Hill this morning?

Posted by keshmeshi | May 2, 2007 1:05 PM

Yeah, 49, 66 70-73 have all been re-routed.

Posted by Transit Man | May 2, 2007 1:07 PM

Red Robin's customer lot is just above and to the east of the sinkhole, and they own some of the parking spots on the Portage Bay road, which they lease out by the month. Last I knew, the two spots under the bridge were free parking not owned by anyone because it's public property, but it makes sense that Red Robin employees would try to park there to keep more spots open for customers.

Posted by Cascadian | May 2, 2007 1:27 PM

I wonder if the RR employees' insurance will cover something like this. Service industry workers don't usually have a lot of money to spare for the caprices of the Fuck You fairies.

Posted by Judah | May 2, 2007 1:40 PM

The server at the local diner said he just barely missed this on his way to work this morning.

More sinkholes are not good.

And this impacts bus, bike, and walk commuters equally as much as car commuters.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 2, 2007 1:44 PM

Good Lord, that Red Robin is still there?

Posted by Dougsf | May 2, 2007 1:51 PM

Isn't that the first red robin? That place sucks.

Posted by Transit Man | May 2, 2007 1:54 PM

Yes, it sucks hardcore to the proverbial core. The sinkhole missed. Does anyone know if the bridge is open now or will be by 6ish?

Posted by jackie treehorn | May 2, 2007 2:06 PM

I like that Red Robin. It's hard to find parking there though.

Posted by elswinger | May 2, 2007 2:42 PM

Ah I wouldn't count on it being open. They are currently building a road through the RR parking lot to get to the hole and let the Portage Bay Pl. people in and out.

Yes, it was the original Red Robin, Sam's Red Robin. Closest tavern to the UW along with the Blue Moon, and Century (now renamed) -

My guess is that the city will pick up the repairs for the cars if they were parked in a legal spot.

Posted by Kush | May 2, 2007 2:43 PM

That's the Ted Bundy Red Robin - it's a national landmark!

Posted by rubyred | May 2, 2007 2:52 PM

@18 harder now than ever before.

Repairs on that POS buick in the foto will be more than the car's worth.

Posted by Transit Man | May 2, 2007 3:01 PM

This had absolutely no impact on bike commuters other than forcing them to use the Fremont or Montlake bridge.

Big deal. We'll see who's impacted, cars or bikes, when the viaduct comes a tumblin' down.

Posted by No impact | May 2, 2007 3:07 PM

Wait, it affected UW? But didn't the water main break on the south end of the bridge? I thought the city had different water sources for areas north and south of the canal.

That doesn't seem right.

Posted by Gomez | May 2, 2007 3:12 PM

I guess I'll have to go to Northgate or the Pier (I like the on in the U, but I only go when a friend of mine is paying with his expense account).

Posted by elswinger | May 2, 2007 3:12 PM

I have to say, Seattle, we suck. On the 49 towards the U-district today, there was mass hysteria when the driver said he'd have to stop at Aloha.
"Find another bus? The seventy-what? Fuck that shit, I'm gonna call a cab."
Entire surrounding neighborhoods were paralyzed and traffic backed up everywhere, friends said it was nearly impossible to get to and from work on Eastlake.
And yesterday, the SF Bay Area responded to a highway burning up in flames and crashing apocalyptically to the ground with a big, "Huh. Guess I'll figure something else out."
We've got to get a grip here.

Posted by anna | May 2, 2007 3:20 PM

anna: To be fair, Seattle's geography is completely different from San Francisco's. I mean we've got, what, six bridges connecting the north and south halves of the city? And Fremont's under construction.

Posted by Judah | May 2, 2007 3:33 PM

#25 I have been saying for years we need to get rid of these fucking electric buses. You probably had to get off because they had to shut the electricity off by the University Bridge.

I ride the 44 home to Wallingford every night and four times this winter I had to find alternate transportation because the wires were down in Ballard.

At least a half dozen times I have been on buses whose poles snapped off, and I don't think they are as energy efficient as the natural gas or biodiesel buses. And the wires are blight on Seattle.

Posted by elswinger | May 2, 2007 3:43 PM

@27, Electric buses are cheaper to operate, create far less pollution, and ride much quieter and more smoothly than natural gas and biodiesel. Biodiesel won't even work in very cold weather,.

It does suck when the wires get broken tho.

Posted by Transit Man | May 2, 2007 3:54 PM

Has no one else noticed the amazingly well-placed submarine art in the sinkhole photo? The artist was prescient.

Posted by swimstowork | May 2, 2007 4:04 PM
The artist was prescient.

Hey now. What that artist does behind closed doors is none of our affair.

Posted by Judah | May 2, 2007 4:47 PM

We should tear that eyesore and deathtrap down and replace it with a surface + transit option. Think of how much prettier the Ship canal could be without it. People will just use other bridges, or swim across the canal.

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