Hell Yes! I Mean Hell No!

No and Hell No!

The people of Seattle have spoken and have clearly said that our waterfront is no place for a highway, regardless of elevation. As of 8:03 this evening nearly 55 percent of voters rejected a rebuild and an astounding 70 percent of voters rejected Mayor Gridlock’s pipe dream! Directly implied by the results is the fact that our leadership on all levels is failing and hasn’t got a damn clue!

So what are our options now? Well, let’s review the possibilities:
1. Greg “BUT I WANT MY TUNNEL!” Nickels keeps pushing for a tunnel. Gets elected out of office.
2. The governor pushes the rebuild on Seattle anyway. Peter Steinbrueck leads his proverbial army into battle against the evil monarch in true Braveheart fashion. Steinbrueck wins after much blood is spilled, Gregoire loses the Seattle vote and is unequivocally replaced in 2008.
3. Argue some more. Wait for nature to do its job. Hundreds die in the collapse. Local and State leaders go to jail for negligence and we all start over.
4. Repair and Prepare. Retrofit temporarily to buy time to add real transit options. But if it is too costly…
5. Mitigate traffic. Fix the grid. Add true Bus Rapid Transit to the corridor. Create a surface boulevard. Start plans to extend light rail. 1000 little things. Start the end of auto dependence.

4 Comments so far

  1. Michael (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    “Start the end of auto dependence”

    This almost made coffee shoot out my nose (“ha ha, yeah, right after LA does the same”).

    Thanks for the funny.


  2. jason (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

    you almost sounded like someone who wanted to be taken seriously until you brought up bus rapid transit.

    i also don’t think 1/3 of registered voters saying anything on an advisory vote will be taken that seriously. failure of political leadership, going all the way back to locke, is the only inarguable conclusion.


  3. TonyB. (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 8:15 am

    While the bus rapid transit idea is a nice one, it’s totally unrealistic. I’m just going to come out and say it and be the bad guy who is out to kill the environment. DON’T TELL ME HOW TO GET WHERE I NEED TO GO! I bought a damn car so I don’t have to wait forever to get where I need to go; and let’s face the facts a bus will never get you where you are going as fast as if you were to drive yourself there. It’s a pipe dream to think that people are going to give up their cars for the bus.


  4. Aaron O. (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 9:17 am

    Hehehe. I’ll save you guys a seat when gas hits $10 a gallon. Ever heard of peak oil?

    Jason – Yeah, I agree. BRT sucks compared to other options. I threw it into that scenario as a temporary solution that could be implemented relatively quickly until other transit options could be developed.



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