At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen unveiled a plan to complete the so-called "missing link" of bike and pedestrian pathway along the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard.
The City's New Strategy to Complete Contentious Burke-Gilman "Missing Link"(27 posts)
Sigh... I'm glad that Mike is still trying to make this happen. At the end of the day someone is always going to be unhappy when there is change. It's impossible to make a perfect solution. Ballard will continue to grow and the land value and populations density alone will force or deter local light industry. I would rather be part of the change to make it better and safe place then fight tooth and nail trying to hold back progress for selfish reasons.
Love that portable podium they dragged out from which he spoke...
It was someone's job to transport that podium and find a spot for it on the gravel. Don't know why I find that so humorous.
lol, the illustrative Stranger missed the key part of the story, which is quite shocking. /sarcasm.
Must be nice to circumvent legal processes, go ahead with improvements absent a pathway, like it's doing Ballard a favor.
I find it humorous that the focus seems to be about a podium.
Anyway, the Mayor has no choice but to pander for the vote of 'new Ballard'.
Meanwhile, back to the incessant whining about the loss of 'old Ballard'.
It would be humorous in a Simpson's cartoon.
When did a potential lawsuit about one transportation project mean that the city can't do other transportation projects nearby? The story says that the city is expecting the EIS and lawsuit process to take two to three years, so they're doing what they can now. Once the suits are resolved, they can either build the whole trail like they intended all along (if the city wins) or stick with what they put in now (if they lose). Either way, we're looking at two or three years delay and a few hundred thousand dollars spent. Thanks, SBSG (and everyone else involved in the lawsuits)!
It's funny how doing popular things that you like is following the will of the people, but doing popular things you don't like is pandering. Not just you, oneder, this is pretty widespread.
I didn't say I disagreed, fwiw.
I do see it as pandering. Influence from our Mayor would be to ramp up the process, seek a timely resolution, and then invest in the outcome.
Anyway, the Stranger missed it, but still made a story out of it.
My opinion aside, the outcome of the legal system is required before we know any dollar spent isn't wasted. I know, wasting dollars isn't an issue with most voters, they just want a smiley sticker and a portable podium to believe in.
Problem solved. /sarcasm.
As far as the pandering of "New Ballard" and the whining of "Old Ballard" The dirty little secret is that Old Ballard is more than happy to sell itself to New Ballard!
@Oneder: As far as the Mayor's influence goes, I'm not sure what options he has. IIRC, the city's under court order to do an EIS before going ahead with the project. After the EIS is complete, they expect another lawsuit. Let's assume for the moment that the Mayor has all the influence in the world (crappy assumption, but hey, start somewhere). How could he use that influence to speed up the process? Pushing the court to speed up rulings is probably counterproductive, not to mention probably illegal, and ignoring court rulings is even worse. I'd especially like to hear how you think he could legally/legitimately influence the process, since you complain so much about corruption at city hall.
Is it a waste of money to buy a space heater when your furnace craps out in winter if you know that it'll be three months before you can install a new furnace? And, for that matter, how do you (or anyone else) know that the improvements they're doing now aren't on the list of things to do as part of the missing link trail project, just accelerated a bit?
First of all, I was first to mention how/why Ballard is screwed. If I controlled anything, I'd keep you idiots from moving in, especially because you've got bums on your coat-tails, and seem to think 'it's natural'. Go figure.
Increasing property value is a sign of ignorance, and demand. You all bought into Ballard, and expect it to improve. Note. You all bought into Ballard.
Blaming folks that sold is your doing, period, just ask Edith.
"Let's assume for the moment that the Mayor has all the influence in the world (crappy assumption, but hey, start somewhere)."
Start with reality. "Let's assume for the moment that the Mayor has all the influence in the world..." Is too fucking to stupid to comment on, but I'm not surprised in the least, fwiw.
We elected him, we expect more than sound bites on local news, right?
Actually, he's just following in lockstep with the POTUS, talk big, do nada.
So what should he do? You're the one who said he should use his influence and move this faster. How?
FWIW, I don't think he has all that much influence. So I'm not upset that he's not influencing the process to move it faster. Sadly, you can't have it both ways.
you're spot on boatgeek.
it's sad how little power the mayor actually has.
One who systematically blocks or interrupts a process, especially one who attempts to impede passage of legislation by the use of delaying tactics, such as a filibuster.
The chamber needs some Magnesium citrate.
Life's a bitch... then more people move to Ballard. =|
As far as "old Ballard" goes - it was changing way back when as well. It'll always be changing; that is the nature of cities and communities. We can hope to affect some positive change as it happens and we can bitch about negative change as welll... that will be the one constant.
I really hope that this is the final push that will break the resistance to completing the trail.
All I can say is that when the trail is completed it will make a part of Ballard, that is most of the time an eye sore and a disgusting place to walk, into a wonderful place that people will want to walk with their families and enjoy the time spent there.
saw on the home page that some improvements are being done near the missing link:
it is really sad to see these little piece-meal solutions, which albeit helpful, pale in comparison to the actual trail that needs to be built.
1. the completed trail would help everyone move around safer. the other day I was nearly rammed head-on by a car that was swerving away from the shoulder where a mom was running with a baby stroller. I often see cars veer out for bicyclists, too and have almost been hit by them. it is not just about the bikes.
2. I have distinctly noticed how much more dangerous it is to walk or ride on the side of the road in the last five years. I really believe we have reached a tipping point where there are so many distracted drivers who are texting, surfing, whatever, that you take your life in your hands when you share the road with a vehicle.
a separate path is the only solution. I suppose those angry concrete truck drivers would agree.
great idea - this is the plan that SDOT proposed last December! They are now finally starting to work on it. At the meeting at BHS recently SDOT announced that they have hired a consulting team to look at how SDOT should proceed with the EIS of Shilshole Ave that was asked for by the appellants in the last court hearing. The consultant told us that they will probably take more than a year to the paper work.
It will be a tremendous improvement, when it is finished.
Vegan what is it about driving and waking with gravel trucks that you will find so wonderful and enjoyable?
You do understand that no one is going away right? It's not gonna be a park.
BR, and to think I was looking forward to taking the family for a nice Sunday stroll through an industrial area. You just ruined it for me.
Ha Oly! Maybe take a dip in the water?
"Vegan what is it about driving and waking with gravel trucks that you will find so wonderful and enjoyable?"
VeganBiker is looking far into the future where cyclists & pedestrians have evolved into learning how to herd, corral, and eventually domesticate gravel trucks, thereby introducing them as a valuable & much needed addition to our food chain.
Open your eyes and look forward FFS.
A stroll past a cement plant would work up a lather so a dip in the ship canal would be appropriate.
BriarRose - no offence intended, however you are missing the point. Like many other cyclists I currently ride with cement trucks and all the other traffic on Shilshole. If the BGT was completed we would NOT be riding with cement trucks, we would be riding on a separated from the traffic trail. How can we make that any easier for you to understand?
No one will have to "go away", that is not the intention, and regardless of what is eventually done on Shilshole, cyclists will still ride there, trail or no trail.
actually, I think people really like to explore industrial areas and mixing recreation/retail with industrial can create an 'authentic' experience where one can witness the workings of a particular area.
why do people go to the Locks? partly to see the fish, but mostly to see the larger vessels rope up and maneuver the channel.
same for Granville Island in Vancouver...except with shops, restaurants, etc. around the concrete factory.
it's not an either/or scenario and frankly a sterile park setting sounds like no fun.
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