City Breaking Viaduct News: Ideas Needed To Solve Problems
posted by May 29 at 11:50 AMon
It took three elected officials—Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, King County Executive Ron Sims, and Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire—plus god knows how many publicly funded staffers—to write an op/ed in today’s Seattle Times calling for—are you ready for this?—a solution to the viaduct problem.
What solution inspired Gregoire, Nickels, and Sims to break their long silence on the viaduct? Well, that isn’t clear. What is clear is that we need thinking. “Multidimensional thinking.” Not one-dimensional thinking, although two-dimensional thinking might be OK. Just as long as it’s more than one. It’s 2008, after all. Did you know that? “2008—not 1950.” It’s time to address larger issues. “Our children and grandchildren” deserve no less. Fortunately, “we have learned a lot in the last few years.” And now we have “multiple options for what could replace the viaduct on the central waterfront.” On the other hand, “equally important are other considerations.” Elected officials are “getting letters and phone calls from citizens.” That’s good. But “there are tough choices ahead.” Eventually, though—given enough input and discussion and thinking and dimensions—we may at last “reach a solution that makes the most sense.” And then, and only then, will we have “a future we can all be proud of.”
Whatever the hell that might look like.