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January 29, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Fisherman’s Terminal

Strangling a historical cornerstone

I’ve been a resident of Ballard for only seven years, which isn’t long if you consider the history of the neighborhood, specifically with regard to Fishermen’s Terminal.

One thing I have never understood is the Port of Seattle’s not-so-subtle hostility toward the fishermen who have given the terminal its name and who continue to be an integral part of the Ballard and Seattle communities, both culturally and economically.

The latest scheme to effectively evict fishermen from the terminal is just another act in a 50-year string of economic piracy, which has clearly shown the Port to be toadies of the high-priced, luxury-boating and real-estate industries. It’s one of many short-term schemes that make a lot of money quickly for a tiny handful at the expense of the public good and the livelihoods of a great many hardworking people.

The Port has repeatedly and consistently broken promises, violated public agreements with the fishermen and willfully engaged in a concerted campaign to strangle this historical cornerstone of the Seattle economy. It increased its pressure in hopes that the fishermen will break and resistance to their policy of de-facto gentrification will go belly-up.

At a time when increasing suspicion is directed toward foreign health standards governing imported food products, fuel prices that are on the rise again and a global economy increasingly in shambles, it seems just plain shoot-yourself-in-the-foot stupid to kick out a local source of food and jobs, especially considering the Port’s motto, “Where a sustainable world is headed.”

It’s clear to me that the Port continues to willfully engage in more of the same theft-economics in order to enrich a few developers and investors with public handouts and backroom deals.

It’s long since time that the Port commissioners do what their constituents pay them for and elected them for, instead of dancing to the tune of private capital and trying to convince us with shady, circular logic that it’s somehow good for the community to degrade ourselves to a plutocracy.

— Seth Goodkind, Seattle

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