After several months of work, the city is ready to complete the next milestone toward putting the Waterfront LID in place. But one obstacle remains in its path.
This afternoon the City Council got a briefing on the waterfront LID agreement that the city negotiated with property-holders in the proposed LID assessment area, as well as other updates on the Waterfront Park project. Here are some key new learnings beyond my writeup last week.
We’re dabbling in audio journalism today.
Do you remember how noisy the waterfront was before the Viaduct was shut down? Wondering how much quieter it is now?
I made a recording standing outside the Aquarium around noon on Thursday, January 3. There is moderate traffic on the viaduct, and little surface traffic. I’ve actually stood on the waterfront when the Viaduct traffic was deafening (as I am sure have many of you); it wasn’t that bad on this day, but it was still loud enough that you would need to raise your voice to have a conversation with someone standing next to you.
And here is another recording, standing in approximately the same location, mid-afternoon today. The Viaduct is shut down, and again there is little surface traffic.
There’s still background noise from the city, but it’s definitely quieter. You can hear yourself think, as well as lots of other nearby noises: the crosswalk signal, and a car driving by. Carrying on a conversation would be easy.
A happy thought while you’re sitting in traffic.
(apologies for the background hiss on the recordings)
This morning the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee was briefed on two ongoing sticking points with the plan for redeveloping the Seattle Waterfront. One is a thorny problem, and the other is an opportunity to do something really cool.