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April 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Seattle sales plans for Pacific Place garage on hold

Parking garage instrumental in developing downtown

The 1,200-space, city-owned garage in Pacific Place has been losing money for the past two years. It used to break even.

The 1,200-space, city-owned garage in Pacific Place has been losing money for the past two years.
It used to break even.

It is frustrating that the Pacific Place parking garage has been mismanaged by the city of Seattle and of course changes must be made there [“City can’t afford to sell Pacific Place Garage,” page one, April 4]. However, we should not lose sight of the fact that back in the 1990s, the city made a visionary decision to go all in to make downtown a destination focus for the city, both for residents and also for retail and businesses.The result is that today, more that 60,000 residents live in the downtown area, people who are here 24/7. The original investment resulted in not only retaining Nordstrom’s flagship store, but created the Pacific Place shopping center (and the AMC theater), Westlake Center and also was instrumental in encouraging many other downtown businesses to remain and others to locate there.Seattle is one of a very few American cities that has an active and growing downtown — something that bodes well for all of Seattle. The profitability of one parking garage does not tell the whole tale. There is a greater good involved and we should recognize that.

Paul Gutowski, Seattle

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