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July 13, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Seattle Department of Transportation takes up parklets

A waste of funding

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has decided to get into the park business, or rather, the parklet business.

This is a city department that has consistently complained of a lack of funds for even basic road and sidewalk repairs. It is also proposing these parklets in areas of the city that the mayor and the City Council have both said already lack sufficient parking to meet the needs of the neighborhood businesses.

At least, that’s what it told us when it raised parking rates and extended the hours we pay for parking.

Parklets are a poor use of transportation dollars and an even poorer use of the limited parking spaces available in these neighborhoods.

Hey, SDOT, I can give you a list of roads in sad need of repair that could use those dollars you are so willing to spend.

Roberta MacKinnon, Seattle

 

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