Time will tell what the Westlake community looks like in 100 years [“Good movement on stalled Westlake bike lane,” Opinion, June 14]. One thing we do know, however, is that for more than a century, Westlake has been a thriving working waterfront. This unique mix of homeowners, businesses, boaters and tourists generates millions of dollars in state, county and city taxes and is one of the few deep freshwater ports in the United States. Maritime is at the heart of Seattle’s success, and protecting this community requires thoughtful planning, prioritization and commitment.
We are pleased that Mayor Ed Murray continues to live up to his campaign promises that maritime interests are part of this city’s past, present and future and has abandoned the cycling-at-all-costs dogma of the former mayor. We commend his departure from single-mode planning in favor of a comprehensive approach to project development. Westlake Avenue North presents a unique opportunity to meet the needs of commuters and freight with those of the current maritime community.
Westlake serves as a great pilot project for the city. It brings together the community members with those passing through, to create a safe project. We are delighted to be a part of this process as an ardent advocate for this working waterfront.
Peter Schrappen, vice president of government affairs, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Seattle