Thursday, March 15, 2007

No! & Non!

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The Alaskan Way Viaduct is a raised roadway that carries two decks of busy Highway 99 traffic around the perimeter of Seattle's waterfront. It was slightly damaged in an earthquake a few years ago and deciding the best way to address the need to repair or replace it has been, to say the very least, uh . . . controversial. So much so that when a decision was punted from the mayor and city council to the state's governor, she called a special election for an advisory vote of the people. The ballet gave the choice of a rebuild of a similar structure or a tunnel option. Voters on Tuesday voted No and No, rejecting both plans as submitted on the ballet. The democratic process continues to play out as public debate continues and differing factions attempt to regroup to work together on a solution that will meet long-range needs within budgetary constraints.

For those unfamiliar with the Seattle waterfront, this is what the discussion is about.. Looking from the waterfront toward the northeast, the Space Needle just visible through the Belltown jumble of condo high rises, the Public Market buildings are to the right.. The Seattle Aquarium and the Alaskan Way Viaduct are in the foreground. This shot was taken at sunset. I remember vividly the Loma Prieta quake that happened at about this time of day. I worked in San Francisco at the time. Several of my workmates lost their lives or were critically injured when their vanpool home, riding on the top deck of a similar structure in Oakland, CA, was caught in the pancaking action of that double deck freeway's collapse. This is the type of nightmare Seattle is seeking to avoid and to do it in the wisest possible way in environmental, economic, traffic safety, and aesthetic terms. Wish us luck!


Dsole said...

oh my! what a story, Kim!
So I'll send you all my lucky from here!
But this is an awesome shot! i really like that it's very clear, and we have lots of details!

Kala said...

the variations in building deisn is simply amazing!

Geologychick said...

Wow! That was a huge earthquake in SF. I was up at school at Sonoma State University for that one! It was huge up there, too! Sorry to hear that you lost friends that day!

Olivier said...

j'ai pas tout compris, mais je trouve cette 'skyline' superbe.

I very did not understand, but I find this “skyline” superb.

FancyPants said...

Hi Kim~
Thanks for your kind words about Gracie on my site this morning. One week feels both like a day AND an eternity.

I continue to be delighted by your site and wrote about it on mine last month, in the hopes that others would stop by and see your wonderful imagery.

Take care, and again, thank you so much.