Friday, September 29, 2006

Squeaky Wheels...


.....get the grease. The Montlake neighborhood in Seattle organized. Boy did they organize. They didn't want any more freeway in their neighborhood, and eventually the DOT obliged. As seen in the photo (from the Seattle Times under Fair Use doctrine) the DOT took some of the Arboretum, some of the University of Washington, and has resurrected the once-defeated RH Thompson by simply dumping an exit ramp on Lake Washington Boulevard, which also runs through the Arboretum.

In conjunction with the state effort to rebuild the Viaduct, this is simply the highway planning of the mid-60s. Voters then thought they had driven a stake into the heart of efforts to use the Arboretum as a highway, but the project has risen from the dead.

It will be interesting to see if the people who saved Seattle in the 60s and 70s have all moved out of town, leaving only a disgruntled rabble easily manipulated or bullied into accepting the rule of the roadbuilders. If the city had the spunk of the Montlake neighborhood, this whole project would be binned, and the planners sent back to the drawing board- with instructions to actually solve a problem by including a light-rail solution.

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