To the Viaduct File Kinda seems to me like the new waterfront tunnel should be n…

To the Viaduct File

Kinda seems to me like the new waterfront tunnel should be named for the guy who first suggested building it instead of the viaduct . . . 72 years ago!


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  1. HOW MUCH did it cost in the END? Over Budget and the tunnel digger (Barfa!) was BROKEN to begin with!! Plus The Water pipes that the city plugged up, which these pipes were designed to let the water table of the waterfront, have some relief, now they are plugged, more problems will arrive in the future! Some have already shown their presence! The tunnel leaks now! slow but over time this will be a costly problem. also the streets will experience “Water coming from somewhere” phenomenon lol! Queen Anne hill on the north side has several of these, of which every year when we get cold enough to freeze, ICE creates the perfect accident occurrences on this road! I won;t tell you, you’ll have to find it yourself lol!

  2. Back in the day, 1947 it would have been a trench with a concrete lid.

  3. He was also the supervising architect for the World’s Fair.

  4. Paul Thiry was the architect of the day who was denouncing an elevated viaduct and suggesting a tunnel.

    Architects Weigh In
    As the viaduct plans evolved, The Seattle Times sought the opinion of local architects. Architect Paul Thiry (1904-1993) called the project “half-baked” and called for a tunnel “superhighway” to handle all downtown traffic. He worried that the viaduct would create a blighted neighborhood in its shadows and “destroy the flexibility of waterfront railroad and truck traffic” (Heilman, “Tunnel, Not Viaduct”).
    Other architects were not so fundamentally opposed to the idea, though they had reservations. John T. Jacobsen thought, “A finer solution would be a freeway — an arterial with sufficient land on either side so it wouldn’t be encroached on by commercial or residential enterprises” (Heilman, “Landscaped Freeway”). Talbert Wegg warned that if the city built freeways that eased travel between downtown and the suburbs, more people would move to the suburbs, taking the city’s tax base with them. Joshua Vogel, an architect and a planning consultant at the University of Washington, supported freeways and balked at the idea of a tunnel because of the expense and difficulties involved in building it.


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