Tag Archives: Viaduct

Surface option? Still not buying it

Don’t let these cars end up on downtown surface streets. I’m very pleased to see that my post about the future of Highway 99 through downtown Seattle (tunnel vs. surface streets) has engendered so much interesting debate and commentary. While … Continue reading

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‘Build it — or else’

I just posted about a phenomenon called job blackmail on Sightline’s Daily Score. Job blackmail happens when businesses threaten to leave the state or city because of environmental legislation. But megaprojects like the waterfront tunnel replacement for the viaduct also … Continue reading

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Out with the viaduct … in with I-605?

Replacing the viaduct with the surface-and-transit option could stall traffic downtown and encourage highway construction elsewhere. The current mayoral race has placed the viaduct-replacement issue squarely back into the public limelight after most of us thought the issue had been … Continue reading

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When you’re in a hole, start digging?

Early this year I wrote a post based on a quote from John Maynard Keynes, the famous British economist of the last century. Keynes had an idea about filling a hole with bottles filled with money, covering the hole over … Continue reading

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The case for the deep bore tunnel

Right now, a drill rig is outside on First Avenue, testing soil conditions for the deep bore tunnel.  The plan is far from certain obviously, but progress of any kind is exciting! Meanwhile it’s working its way through the legislature. This is a good time … Continue reading

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Seattle gets another chance to sell density

Stay classy, Seattle. Seattle hasn’t done a good enough job convincing its residents of the pluses of density, and the current slowdown will give the city a chance to try again, Denny Onslow of Harbor Properties said Friday at a CityClub … Continue reading

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Seattle architect to study Aussie seawall design

AIA Seattle has just given its first Emerging Professionals travel scholarship to Mithun‘s Cristina Bump to study innovative seawall design in Australia and Canada. Sydney’s Botney Bay seawall The $5,000 scholarship will pay for her travel and research. She’ll visit … Continue reading

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Tunneling our way to recovery

While reading about Obama’s plans to pull the economy out of a nose dive, I happened upon this quote from John Maynard Keynes: “If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with bank-notes, bury them at suitable depths in disused … Continue reading

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Conflicted over viaduct options

The State narrowed the SR99 options down to two last week. Maybe that’s not the final word, but let’s assume it is for a moment. I don’t like either of them. Both options have big problems. (On the other hand, … Continue reading

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