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February 19, 2013 at 7:23 AM
Word cloud: What’s your idea to fix Seattle traffic: gondola, zip line, jet pack?
Today’s crazy idea to fix Seattle traffic: a gondola connecting Capitol Hill to the sculpture park on the waterfront.
The idea was mentioned in a news story by Mike Lindblom Tuesday. This is a town that loves looney traffic ideas. Seattle loves to get excited about futuristic transit possibilities. This is not a city that actually wants to build it.
Remember the monorail? Not the one at Seattle Center, the one that was supposed to connect downtown to West Seattle. The one we paid to start building and then shut down. For more crazy ideas, you’ll want to read Anne Hurley’s guest column sharing her ideas on how to fix traffic between West Seattle and the rest of Seattle. She suggests a jet pack or perhaps paddleboarding. Here is an excerpt from her July 12 op-ed:
Last week I dreamed that I had been appointed to a blue-ribbon panel to come up with solutions to gridlock. I was presenting a genius idea, and I could tell the crowd was starting to respond. It involved a giant zip line from the top of Columbia Tower to Smith Tower to the Water Taxi dock in West Seattle.