Protect the living waterfront

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Thursday editorial regarding Merchant's Wharf was right on. I hope it sparks a community-wide effort to save and refurbish this waterfront icon. The last thing this community needs is to spend millions of dollars wiping out one of the most vibrant centers of community life to create another dead zone like Marine Park Plaza. That bit of open space cost something like $5 million. For that money, we got a poor bus facility and a lousy public plaza all in one. Most of the year it is populated by a few lonely skateboarders. Who wants more of that?

It wasn't too many years ago that Seattle was actively contemplating tearing down all its old waterfront piers and razing Pike Place Market. That ill-begotten idea was stopped by concerned citizens and enlightened policy makers. We need similar action to ensure the continued existence of our living waterfront.

Greg Fisk


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