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February 20, 2007

Letter to the Editor: What's wrong with this picture?

In reference to “Architects fight viaduct rebuild option” (Feb. 13 DJC), the image of a redesigned Alaskan Way with no viaduct is markedly flawed. Even today, with the viaduct in place, there are more cars on Alaskan Way at any one time than the five shown in LMN's rendering.

Sure, cars, buses, and trucks traveling bumper to bumper don't contribute to the attractive portraits that these architects want to sell, but there are 110,000 vehicles using the Alaskan Way Viaduct each day that are ignored in this pretty image.

There is much more to providing adequate transportation infrastructure than simply painting this inconvenience out of the picture. And, no less than the pedestrians and parks and office buildings, private transportation also plays an important and necessary role enabling Seattle's economy and vitality.

If these elements of our transportation system are simply dismissed and are not carefully planned and accommodated, the real picture that results is not going to be a very attractive or vital place for most people to live or work.

Keith McGowan


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