catch-up reading: monorail, protests, machinists

  • monorail : killing itself to live? Late Friday, the Seattle Monorail Board submitted a ballot proposal to ask the voters if the still really want to have a monorail. The proposed line will be 10.4 miles instead of the original 14, which cuts Ballard out of the picture (although options to extend in the future exist). The P-I has a nice roundup of the last-minute wranglings that went into bringing the project to a fifth vote, as well as maps, a time line, and comments from people in the neighborhoods scheduled to be served by the green line. [pi]
  • maybe they should incorporated “hurricane” into their protest march? Although it was pretty much bumped out of the national media by wall-to-wall Hurricane Rita endgame coverage, there were a number of large anti-war protests across the country on Saturday. In addition to Cat’s report of the Seattle scene, the Stranger’s Eli Sanders was in D.C. live-blogging the march from D.C.’s abundant Starbucks wireless hotspots. [slog]
  • clandestine agreements: In more news from the “other Washington” relevant to our region, Boeing’s union machinists and their corporate overlords got together in our nation’s showplace and came to an agreement to tentatively end the three week strike [p-i]

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