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April 26, 3:19 PM click here to comment > 0

The Reader – Replacing our deteriorating seawall

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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Replacing our deteriorating seawall
Replacing our deteriorating seawall before it fails is one of the basic needs for our city. The seawall has deteriorated significantly over the last 70 years and could fail in the event of an earthquake or a large storm. By replacing the seawall we protect public safety, preserve transportation access to the core of our city, and support the businesses and workers who depend on the waterfront for their livelihood. One of the mayor’s first proposals after being inaugurated in 2010 was to fix the seawall.

It appears that support is now building for a November ballot measure to fund the seawall. We appreciate the close working relationship with the Council that has allowed us to get to this point. Once we win public support for a seawall financing plan, we will be able to move to the next phase, which gets more specific about the scope, cost, and timeline for financing future waterfront improvements.

Transit Master Plan: momentum continues to build for rail transit

Yesterday, Mayor McGinn signed legislation approving the Transit Master Plan. McGinn first announced the work to update the Transit Master Plan in May 2010, a decision driven by the need to better connect Seattle neighborhoods with high-quality transit, including expanded rail transit. “What I hear from the people of Seattle is that they want more transit,” said Mayor McGinn. “And they want Seattle to plan and aggressively seek financing for expanding transit, including rail. This plan shows that we’ve moving in the right direction.”

We just broke ground on the First Hill Streetcar. We want to link our two lines and expand our rail network in Seattle so that our neighborhoods are better connected. And we are partnering with Sound Transit to accelerate funding for a high capacity transit line from Downtown to Fremont to Ballard. That is what our Transit Master Plan analysis says we need to do. We encourage you to read the plan for yourself and learn how we will better connect our neighborhoods.

Sounders, Microsoft join Be Here Get There attendance campaign
Students and schools with exceptional attendance during the month of May will receive special prizes and a visit from Seattle Sounders FC players as part of the Be Here Get There citywide attendance campaign, in partnership with the Sounders and Microsoft.

For more details, see our blog post and

Breaking ground on the First Hill Streetcar
Earlier this week, Mayor McGinn joined elected leaders and community members from across the city to break ground on Seattle’s newest streetcar line – the First Hill Streetcar. To be constructed by the City with funding provided by Sound Transit, the streetcar line will allow riders to easily travel between neighborhoods on Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, the Central Area, the Chinatown/International District and Pioneer Square, and better access Link Light rail service. The First Hill Streetcar will be operational by the spring of 2014, connecting thousands of riders daily with the places they live, work and socialize.

For more, see the mayor’s blog post.

Upcoming Events (for more see

April 26, 5:30 p.m. – Mayor’s Town Hall, Ethiopian Community Mutual Association (8323 Rainier Ave S)

April 29, 2:00 p.m. – Broadway Hill Park Design Meeting, Seventh Day Adventist Church (1300 E Aloha St)

May 2, 6:00 p.m. – 2012 Sister Cities Reception, Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall (600 4th Ave)

May 3, 5:00 p.m. – Neighborhood Town Hall with Mayor McGinn, Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill