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Mayor McGinn says new study shows Highway 99 tunnel and tolls will clog downtown streets

March 19th, 2011 by Mike

After his walking tour of Maple Leaf this morning, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn had a new comment to make about the proposed deep-bore tunnel replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Two speakers at a town hall Q&A following the tour said they oppose the tunnel on Highway 99,  and McGinn, long a tunnel foe who most recently said the viaduct should be closed next year for fear of a Japan-style earthquake and tsunami, said his office just received new data about the tunnel’s effect on downtown Seattle.

“The deep-bore tunnel, with tolls, causes more congestion and delay on city streets than any other option,” McGinn told the meeting at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St.

About 108,000 cars and trucks use the viaduct daily, according to our news partners The Seattle Times. In December, McGinn said he’d authorized a study of how the tunnel and tolls would affect surface streets downtown.

We’ll post more about the tour and other Q&A topics later this weekend.

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250 gather at anniversary Tea Party rally

February 28th, 2010 by master

Anyone see the Tea Party rally yesterday just outside the Northgate Mall parking lot? From our partner The Seattle Times:

An anniversary “tea party” rally drew about 250 people to a rainy corner in Northgate on Saturday afternoon. Not bad for Seattle, or as one participant called it, “Lib-Ville.” …

Some passers-by honked. More kept their windows rolled up, gawking through the drizzle at protesters waving “Don’t Tread On Me” flags and anti-tax posters.

The protest came exactly a year after the movement went national, but area participants seem to prefer keeping their ideas to themselves most of the time:

In Seattle, the movement’s events are something of a coming-out exercise. …

Participants hemmed and hawed about whether they were willing to have their names in the newspaper. Doug and Linda Larsen retired to Vashon Island six years ago. They get along with their more-liberal neighbors, but “We don’t talk politics much,” he said.

Do you think Seattle’s left-leaning politics make it hard for its more conservative residents to speak freely? What do you think about the Tea Party protest taking place in our neck of the woods?

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