What attracts many in Seattle to support the "Viaduct tear-down" approach is that they feel we should Stop catering to cars. Of course that's the way anti-car people would put since it sounds a whole lot better than "stop catering to drivers." But spin aside, here's the way The Stranger characterizes the tear-down approach:
...the current third option—which intends to move 30,000 of the 110,000 vehicles that currently use the Viaduct to transit options...(italics added)
It's that word intends which bothers me. There are no transit options now. The Mayor and City Council killed the monorail (for which the voters had actually had authorized real, hard $$$$) and so now there are no options for moving people through the viaduct corridor. Hand-waving will not move people.
I'd take the tear-down approach more seriously if it was associated with some basic facts about the nature of the trips on the Viaduct. Who is driving on it? Where are they coming from? and going to? How many Single Occupant Vehicles? All the standard origin-destination study items which traffic engineers already know. The tear-it-down folks would strengthen their case if they had facts and not just intentions.
While I'm dubious about the tear-down, I am even more dubious about the wisdom of the tunnel. I think others are as well. And because the Mayor is pushing forward a plan which promises only (no pun intended, through it's apt) a bottomless pit, it's inevitable that the political dialectic will propel, one way or another, the tear-down approach onto the fall ballot. I hope that the proponents are ready with more than hopes and dreams and good intentions. But they don't seem so ready right now. Unless they come up with something of a real plan, with specifics, they'd be better positioned if they were not on the ballot, (which is meaningless anyway,) so that they can maintain their dark-horse status.
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I've been posting quite a bit on the Viaduct. It's got all the makings of first class civic catastrophe; that is one thing on which probably everyone agrees. I have blogged on it here several dozen times at least. Use the Google search function (right hand column) to find more posts if you, too, find the Viaduct a compelling issue..