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January 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Sodo development: Not worth it at Port’s expense

The 12th Man flag on top of the site of the proposed NBA arena in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times).

The 12th Man flag on top of the site of the proposed NBA arena in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times).

Absent active leadership in shaping and maintaining Sodo’s future, Seattle will witness the ascent of luxury condos, apartments, retail, restaurants and hotels, and the inexorable demise of good-paying blue-collar jobs in a healthy light and medium industry zone [“Will development eclipse Sodo?” Opinion, Jan. 18].

The proposed arena for the NBA and NHL is an excellent opportunity to create a world class professional sports district. This is well worth achieving, but not at the expense of the Duwamish Manufacturing/ Industrial Center nor the Port of Seattle’s vital trucks. We could lose the Port of Seattle altogether.

New Jersey and Oakland are thriving cargo container stops, at the expense of New York and San Francisco. It happened all so quickly. Let’s have it all, but not at the expense of the Duwamish Manufacturing/Industrial Center. We need leadership now.

Don’t blink, or the moment will be lost.

Eric Sirkin, Seattle

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