How is it that a bridge that could kill 20 people is considered by the City of Seattle to be a greater hazard than one that could kill hundreds or thousands?
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Because an engineering evaluation was performed. It was determined that it needed to be replaced, but that the risk wasn't high enough to close it during the interim. This isn't news to anyone.
If the Stranger would simply submit one article with actual data on risks and benefits instead of 100 posts saying "I feel scared" or "it looks scary" then I would jump for joy. The Stranger is so out of its league this week. This is an engineering problem. No more posts of people doing yoga near GPS level detectors or jumping on buses. Those are fucking gimmicks. This is what Buzzfeed or Gawker would do if they had to cover this story. The Stranger used to be above this kind of bullshit journalism.
Go fucking interview some scientists and engineers and provide us with data. And for fuck's sake, don't include another post that says "it is scary looking"! Provide an engineering argument why it needs to be shut down now. Do a cost-benefit analysis. This isn't rocket science.
The ugliest walk in Seattle is the fancy new pedestrian walkway behind Safeco Field to the light rail, which is eleventy times bigger and emptier than it has any right to be. A design principle that will be liberally applied to the new waterfront (and the new tunnel approaches).
No, wait, it's Westlake Avenue through all the new construction in SLU. Such fakery. You end up at a nice park but on the way your soul falls out of your pants leg.
The Viaduct is brutal, but it's so steeped in nostalgia to me it can't be anything but wonderful.
The OK HOTEL is a building that is "maintained" by Pinnacle Management which is also managing what I call the "glass box condos" that were just built over by Century Link. The building is home to people who can't afford anything else in this city as well as yuppy art folks who have art studio spaces in the building, most of them wouldn't dare live at the OK. The management of the building made me live with Bed Bugs in my apartment from February of 2013 to August of 2014. It was like pulling teeth to get them to treat me like a goddamn human being.
And then we have all of the folks who have no where to go, getting into the Bread of Life is not free, or so I have been told by several folks that I know on a first name basis who are frequently trying to scrounge extra money in hopes of a temporary room and roof.
What we need to be focusing on here as a city is MAINTENANCE of these basic ass necessities and less judgement based on WEALTH WORTHINESS. The homeless population is extreme in Pioneer Square, and with this proven problematic development that is being pushed forth comes the question of WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE LIVING ON THE STREETS GOING TO GO WHEN IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE. We all know these pretty white folks who want to roust in the up and coming P-Square don't want to worry about the realness of humanity and all of the issues that are presented in our flawed system of wealth and determination of where funding should and shouldn't go.
I appreciate this article, and wanted to pitch my words of experience as a resident in the heart of this fall out. What happens to the people living under and around the viaduct if and (more obviously) WHEN it finally gives in? These people are clearly expendable, right?
The Viaduct is far from being the ugliest part of Seattle. There are a lot of ugly parts of Seattle. The people who talk about how beautiful Seattle are probably live primarily in the bubble around Lake Union. Sure is pretty there, and expensive as hell. I would not say it's an incredibly beautiful city. I'd say it's a beautiful city if you aren't poor. I do agree that the Viaduct is the worst thing about downtown, though. Walking along the construction that runs along side of it is extremely unpleasant. I can't wait for it to be gone.
The viaduct is an excellent traffic mover with a stellar view and rain shelter. It does not block any public views except a little bit of West Seattle from Harbor Steps.
A refurbished viaduct with a reduced speed limit, sound mitigating materials, landscaping, architectural features like longitudinal arches, and the three lane AK Way remaining under it is a better solution for the general public than what's coming when it's gone:
A busy AK Way as wide as seven lanes, three lanes wider than the viaduct's widest footprint. Analysts figure about 40% of the viaduct's traffic will resort to surface streets downtown when it's gone, mostly on the waterfront, impeding pedestrian traffic and spewing noise and fumes at pedestrian level, constantly going from idle to acceleration.