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Feb. 26th, 2007 | 05:23 pm

As I mark "No" on my ballot for both options for replacing the Seattle Viaduct, I ask myself the following question.

If we are even thinking about digging a big hole in the ground for the Viaduct, why not just knock it down and instead bury I-5 instead?

The Real Estate that would be gained would be nicer. The mess that I-5 creates in the city would be gone, and the ambient noise in the city would go down by some big factor.

Why bother with the Viaduct, lets bury I-5 instead!

I also want a Monorail for Christmas...
...and a cupcake.

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Tonya Winter

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from: tonyawinter
date: Feb. 27th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
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Those of us who use 99 a LOT to avoid the snarl of 5 want a raised structure because it will take a lot less time and money to build... that being said how about a tunnel AND a raised structure to eliminate any traffic snarls for at least a few years? :P

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Feb. 27th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
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We could just repair what is there until we can tear it down :)

I'm pretty much against any plan that doesn't involve running a train next to whatever is being built.

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Tonya Winter

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from: tonyawinter
date: Feb. 27th, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
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I hear that. Besides that how about a bike lane? Wouldn't be much more space.

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BrianFey

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from: brianfey
date: Feb. 27th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
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Do you want the collosal mess which would be created by burying I5?
Super mess!? (Actually there was a great plan to build a big freeway on the eastside of the eastside to route truck traffic over there... that would be cool.)

(spelling costs extra.)

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Feb. 27th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
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Ok, so we build the bypass first :)

Having I-5 go through downtown is just a bad idea. I've read about the plan for the bypass before and how it would pull the traffic out of downtown, I think it is a terrific idea.

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BrianFey

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from: brianfey
date: Feb. 27th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Yah... .no through traffic should go though downtown at all.

It should not even go in the I5 Corredor! Reroute bigtime to the far east there... both sides of the mountain.
Ready for a rapid train set all the way from Vancouver, BC to Tiajuana, Mexico. Or Nogales or whatever. I haven't thought the south end through... but if should connect with LA in any case and San Diego.
How cool would that be? And how super useful!

I wish I was mayor of Seattle and my twin brother was the governor.
That kind shit ain't easy to do. I am against it. But... If I was zoning a new planet. I think they standard should be to pay people double the reasonable price or more if you want to steal their land.

I could make Washington gain 10 times more from tourism
But it is too hard. Easier to be a hermit and try to make a pond as an example.

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professor_mom

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from: professor_mom
date: Feb. 27th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
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"I also want a Monorail for Christmas...
...and a cupcake."

I'll take a pony please.

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Roy Corey

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from: xerhino
date: Feb. 27th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
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... and a pony.

Have you ever done the Seattle scenario in Sim City. I recall it's pretty hard for just this reason.

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Jonathan M.

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from: geothermal
date: Feb. 28th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
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My first plan would be to install trampolines every few feet and just bounce around town to get places. But the snow would dampen that a bit. Another option is the Jetson's air tubes. Kinda like bank tubes only bigger.

Another option is to spend a bit of the money for new freeways to create more telecommuters.

I'd like teleportation start up companies to be funded by the US gov. Test them on anybody dumb enough to go to Iraq three times or perhaps fuzzy kittens ?

For practical matters, perhaps making I-5 a double decker or triple decker in some spots would be workable.

Lastly, I love driving the 99 fwy downtown when the Olympic mountains are out and sunny ! Makes me feel like a wealthy person. I think in a hundred years there will be zero nice natural mountain views for anyone, but the wealthy.

Jonathan

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