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April 9, 2014 at 6:25 AM

Should a new Seattle waterfront include a Viaduct park?

The airbrushed sketches for a glittering new Seattle waterfront lack rain, authenticity (as Crosscut’s Knute Berger notes) and maybe (as the Times’ Danny Westneat joked) a few Disney princesses. They also lack any hint of the Alaskan Way Viaduct that has dominated the waterfront for 60 years. That’s why my ears perked when Seattle…

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February 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Bertha the blues — the South Lake Union tusk

Joe Wells found the tusk while Transit Plumbing was excavating on a project for Rafn Company. (Photo from Jeff Estep / Transit Plumbing)

Speculation abounds the mammoth tusk found at a South Lake Union construction site is a remnant of a prehistoric tunneling project. This would take a lot of pressure off a contemporary cousin, that white elephant Bertha.

Modern digital analysis — finger pointing between the contractor and government agencies — lays the blame on a big steel pipe or a rock  that did not come up in earlier chats. Tsk, tsk.

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August 8, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Did we really make the Port of Seattle pay for part of the tunnel?

Our news story, “Port OKs bond sale for tunnel project,” makes clear what should have been clear all along: that having the Port of Seattle “pay” for one-tenth of the Highway 99 tunnel doesn’t really mean that the profits or the wealth of the Port are funding the tunnel. Mostly not. Some commenters don’t get…

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