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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 13, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Seattle’s port and industrial sector

Previous letter was inaccurate

Huge cranes load containers onto trains after they are  brought by trucks from the Port of Seattle to the BNSF Railway Seattle International Gateway in Seattle's SODO neighborhood. [Ellen Banner, The Seattle Times.]

Huge cranes load containers onto trains after they are brought by trucks from the Port of Seattle to the BNSF Railway Seattle International Gateway in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. [Ellen Banner, The Seattle Times.]

In response to Douglas Pratt’s letter to the editor on Friday, can we get some facts straight? [“Northwest Voices: Seattle’s port and industrial sector,” Opinion, July 12.]

Granted, we should not ignore the port and the industrial area. But the money for the Lander Street overpass didn’t get used for that project, as was promised over 10 years ago, it went to the Mercer Street project instead.

So when Pratt says “the city of Seattle fell all over itself to grubstake a glitzy arena,” that’s just wrong. Can we stop blaming everything on our sports arenas?

Tom Ildstad, Mountlake Terrace

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