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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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December 18, 2002

Can transit planners find a winning formula?

  • In the wake of recent transportation initiative defeats, players are lining up the region's next transportation strategy.
    Special to the Journal

    Better cities are the result of many decisions that grow organically from a combination of good luck and big, key decisions. In Seattle, we have a lot of good luck in the form of views, temperate weather, an energetic populace, corporate wealth and a large supply of professional design talent.

    But something happens with regional transportation decisions. The voters are asked to make them, but when it comes to capital investments, the questions are so confusing and the answers so ambiguous that when the election is over, there’s still no decision. The monorail is the exception, a close but clear grasp at a city system that is limited but comprehensible.

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