(or: Fred Moody, where are you when we need you most?)
Of course, some do build the wooden kind, but that’s beside the point.
This argument is the silliest of all the viaduct silliness because it implies that Seattle is a world class city. Or, that it won’t be a world class city until it tears down the viaduct, and maybe builds a tunnel. The point, though, is to tear down the viaduct.
For everyone who thinks this way, that Seattle needs to freshen itself up for its world class status, I suggest: Seattle and the Demons of Ambition: A Love Story.
Seattle, beware the devil on your shoulder.
It almost seems like we’re repeating some of the history that Moody writes about in “Demons of Ambition.” The football team is getting close, but not finishing the deal. Our basketball team is threatening to jump ship, and the city itself rejects them, but forces behind the scene are lining up in support.
And, the viaduct is seen as a wall that prevents the city from being “world class.” Now, that is something that has gotten the city into trouble before:
What had been envisioned as yet another showcase for Seattle as an emerging world-class city has turned into an epic disaster. The WTO convention was shut down, and Seattle was being exposed to the world as an overreaching dunce.
I wouldn’t compare the WTO directly with removing the viaduct, but I think they’re a symptom of the same disease.
And in regards to Andrew’s picture from the above post, I give you, FDR Drive in New York:
Interstate 5 in Portland OR, which probably isn’t very world class: