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December 1, 2003

Letter to the Editor: Think big, but get real

Heart of Seattle

I can appreciate the fact people want to dream big about the waterfront ("Bold strokes will lead us back to the bay," DJC, Nov. 26). I cannot appreciate the fact people are not realistic about the amount of money it would take to fulfill this dream.

I have a hard time believing we can afford upwards of $10 billion to bury the viaduct. And the quote from this article:

"... If traffic can't be sunk into a tunnel, it will have to be absorbed somewhere else. The surface of the waterfront just can't take the current load."

Where do you presume it will be absorbed? Have you driven on I-5 lately? This is a ludicrous statement with no support whatsoever. This is where dreamers need to be silenced. Reality calls for keeping the viaduct. The waterfront is an active and enjoyable place in its own current right. Cruise ships, hotels and condos have already found their place among the retail storefronts.

I've included a "realistic" view of the city if the viaduct went away.

David Wilson


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