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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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July 1, 2009

Design Perspectives: On the waterfront, it's first things first

  • The best time to make places happen is before the road footprint goes down.
    Special to the Journal

    It's been a long, long wait. Decades of dreaming, talking and hoping for an urban waterfront that puts people ahead of cars instead of under them.

    In January, with the decision that a bored tunnel will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, hopes and dreams became, well, promises. What's certain is that the viaduct will go away, leaving a swath of open space in full daylight.

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