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December 15, 2003

Opinion: Region's future stuck in political gridlock

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    Special to the Journal

    Several weeks ago I attended the 2003 Regional Leadership Conference. The conference, an annual event of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, was entitled: “Building a High Performance Region.” After attending this conference, I realized a simple fact: The Puget Sound region suffers from passive-aggressive gridlock. This gridlock is defeating our ability to solve regional problems and is destroying our ability to build anything, let alone a high performance region.

    Kudos are due Sound Transit for its persistence and tenacity, which was rewarded with a $500 million federal grant. However, it is impossible to ignore the passive-aggressive gridlock that dominated too much of Sound Transit's journey to this milestone. How does it start?

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