We haven't mentioned it on Slog, but a figure important to much of Seattle's political class and to the history of the city, strategist and consultant Bob Gogerty, died a little over a week ago at age 74. Gogerty had his hands in a bunch of projects that ended up shaping what Seattle looks like today, from our light rail to our stadiums to landmarks like Pike Place Market.
If you were familiar with Gogerty, you'll want to know that family and friends are hosting a memorial service for Gogerty tomorrow at Town Hall Seattle (1119 Eighth Avenue), which the public is invited to attend. It begins at 2:00 p.m.
The Forward Thrust ballot initiatives changed the face of Seattle in the 1960s. Reopening Pine Street to traffic spurred the resurgence of the downtown retail core. Passing an initiative to create Sound Transit helped get us moving. Helping with the remodeling of the Seattle Center Coliseum and spearheading the campaigns for Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field created professional sports venues of which we could be proud.