Tag: Department of Transportation

Urban Politics #305: The State Legislature and Surface Solution for Alaska Way Viaduct

January 24th, 2011

While the debate will rage on about whether the state will pay for any cost overruns on the deep bore tunnel, the flip side of the issue is whether Seattle would keep the money already allocated to this project for a surface road alternative, as the Mayor prefers.

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Urban Politics #187: City Council Passes the Budget

November 12th, 2004

Each budget season I try to provide a quick synopsis of how the Council has altered the City Budget as the Mayor presented it to us. In this Urban Politics, I’ve borrowed generously from our staff’s summary. In a few places I’ve added some commentary or abbreviated the material, but overall I’m presenting information as our staff has summarized it. I believe it provides a fair summary the changes the Council made to the new City Budget.

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Urban Politics #184: Zoo Long Range Plan And Operations Agreement

October 12th, 2004

Yesterday, the Council passed Resolution 30701 adopting a Long Range Plan for the Woodland Park Zoo.

The Council also approved Resolution 30709 to create the Thornton Creek Watershed Oversight Council.

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Urban Politics #177: 3 Brown-Bag Noon Discussions

April 10th, 2004

I’m sponsoring three brown-bag forums in the City Hall Council Chambers during the month of April. They will involve local public officials, professionals and citizens in discussing issues that affect our Seattle residents. Attendance is open to all and there will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions of the panelists.

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Urban Politics #154: Update On Alaskan Way Viaduct

May 17th, 2003

In the ongoing debate on what option to pursue with regards to fixing or replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, I had taken the position in prior Urban Politics #136, 137 and 144, that retrofitting of the viaduct had not been properly explored and that it could hold out a speedier and less expensive solution.

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Urban Politics #123: Polls On Sound Transit — Part II

January 13th, 2002

Both polls have similar demographics for age, time living in the Puget Sound region, and home ownership. Both find over 60% identify transportation as the most important regional issue.

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Urban Politics #122: Polls On Sound Transit — Part I

January 13th, 2002

As this region is about to begin constructing Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail, the debate continues on as to whether we are creating a solution to our traffic congestion or something so far less as to be not worth the effort.

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Urban Politics #65: Waterfront Hotel & Steinbrueck Park

June 9th, 1999

The letter below was sent today (6/9/99) by myself and five other Council Members (listed below) to three City Departments. It asks them to concur with our belief that there are sufficient grounds for the City Council to review and approve or disapprove the proposed Waterfront Marriott Hotel to be constructed just north of the Pike Place Market. If it is built as currently planned it will block the view of Elliott Bay from Victor Steinbrueck Park.

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