With each passing day I'm becoming more convinced that there's no longer any need to decry the proposed deep-bore tunnel replacement for Seattle's Alaskan Way viaduct. Because the tunnel is already on death row. Not because the urban greens are winning (t
It's the lie that won't die---the rampant, righteous belief among armchair transportation authorities like Joni Balter that the I-5-Surface-Transit alternative to replace the Alaskan Way viaduct would gridlock the City.
It's great that the City has hired an inspiring design team for the central waterfront, but regardless of who designs it, future success will be severely jeopardized unless we get past the misguided notion that there should be no new development.
A common argument made in support of a deep-bore tunnel to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way viaduct is that by putting all those cars underground, we'll end up with a better pedestrian and cycling environment on the city's downtown streets. That position may
City Council member Mike O'Brien sat down with PubliCola today to talk about why his amendments on Monday's deep-bore tunnel resolution lost, what his next steps are on the tunnel, and his relationship with Mayor Mike McGinn.