This whole thing ...
... millions of dollars are going to Red district projects whose legislators said they didn’t want the money, while Seattle is getting stiffed ...

is now the subject of a NYT story, where Mayor Greg Nickels says this:
“There’s not a single project in Seattle on the entire list,” Mr. Nickels said in an interview, arguing that the Seattle road projects would continue to stimulate development and create jobs long after the last asphalt was spread. “The fact is that the 100 largest metropolitan areas in this country generate 75 percent of the gross national product, so if you’re going to create jobs, that’s where you’re going to do it.”

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