It has been posted elsewhere that none of the Capitol Hill community organizations have taken positions on the imminent SDOT/ST streetcar alignment. May I just say: “Bureaucracy adores a vacuum.”?
5 PM 7 PM Thursday, January 21 there will be a Capitol Hill Community Council meeting at the Cal Anderson Park Shelterhouse featuring Ethan Melone, SDOT point person on the streetcar project. This meeting has not been advertised widely and I think it’s really important, since apparently SDOT/ST is racing to the finish w/out substantial outreach to the communities involved. (Open houses are NOT outreach; the information flows in one direction only with no record, summaries or minutes of community response. It’s a technique perfected by Sound Transit, and it works very well indeed unless community action is vigorously pursued.)
As just one example, to date no one has spoken on behalf of Cal Anderson Park on the streetcar issue, or the public’s interest in the access, safety and enjoyment of an open space which is encircled by a streeetcar line. All these issues need to be considered and addressed directly and honestly by the planners and the communities. The streetcar is not just about transportation.