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March 27, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Ride the Ducks request launch ramp near floating-home colony

Ducks should not infringe on tranquil neighborhood

A Ride the Ducks tour driving up the Sunnyside Boat Ramp on Northlake Way. The tour company wants to build a ramp on the Eastlake side of Lake Union, where residents have vocally opposed. (ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

A Ride the Ducks tour driving up the Sunnyside Boat Ramp on Northlake Way. The tour company wants to build a ramp on the Eastlake side of Lake Union, where residents have vocally opposed. (ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

It seems Seattle has kind of a reticent relationship with ducks [“Ducks stir Eastlake squawk,” page one, March 23].

But again, it’s not the quacking type. Now it’s World War II land/water gas-guzzling Ducks with loud tourists. Well, that’s fine but it is activity not suited to our neighborhoods, especially one as tranquil and unique to Seattle as the Lake Union houseboat neighborhood that includes the tiny pocket parks like the one these ducks want to use. This pocket park is one of the last public areas on the east side of the lake. It should remain for the people of Seattle and not the celebrating tourists.

The Ride the Ducks people are missing a great opportunity here. They should make a deal with the city to take over the huge slab of dull concrete next to the Museum of History & Industry to park their ducks and for lake access. The antique ducks would fit in the historical theme of the area, not to mention how the South Lake Union trolley will benefit with more riders.

Everybody wins. But the real winners will be the people of Seattle preserving one of our most unique neighborhoods, the Lake Union houseboat community.

I don’t get it with ducks. Every year the Oregon football team beat up on us, and now we got these goofy tin ducks to deal with!

–Michael Yaeger, Poulsbo

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