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by Earl Gipson
Lets start with the Ugly and how Sound Transit maintains the Kick’N Ride at 176th and International. The potholes pictured have been there a long time and presents a great obstacle course and a sweet greeting to drop-offs and visitors alike (sarcasm). My rural driveway is bigger/maintained better than this and I don’t have Sound Transit money.
The Sound Transit pedestrian elevator at 176th hasn’t worked in months (My wife tells me its been a year) and travelers with backpacks and/or luggage from our local hotels must trudge 4 flights of stairs to reach the train platform and airport. That’s great if you are 20 or so and have exercise guilt but some of us need to get somewhere, no spring chickens, and we paid for the darn thing to work reliably. In Seattle this would be called user friendly.
The City has been aware of this and contacted Sound Transit. They have been unresponsive as of this writing. Contact Sound Transit numbers (here)
Long drive to the Angle Lake Station? Got to go potty?
Sound Transit continues with the bad with non-operational public restrooms that we paid for, SeaTac Citizens insisted upon, and of course expected to be open by now. Not so. The pictures I took Friday show where the restrooms are supposed to be.
While I was taking pictures at the Angle Lake Station the Sound Transit police said howdy, immediately got on the phone and said some columnist was taking pictures. What do we do? What do we do? This was about ~ 8:30 AM Friday and they were “Johnny on the Spot” in approaching me so restroom security doesn’t seem to be an issue. I felt better (except I had to hold it till I got somewhere else). Does anyone remember I suggested a Depends ® store in the retail space if there were no restrooms in the station plan?
The retail space at the station is now available for lease. A Sound Transit contractor had occupied the space for a while. It is ~2200 sq ft. Interested? Call (206) 398-5152.
This has nothing to do with Sound Transit (shocking as it may be). Just thought it was a nice column heading. This is regarding the Angle Lake Park extension and it coming to fruition.
Many Citizens, staff, and Council have worked on connecting Angle Lake Park with the Hughes property (since ~ 2010). On Wednesday (03/29) we got to see the design and you can find the PowerPoint (here)
The new Residence Inn being constructed on the front of the Hughes property is paying for the construction of the park and all easements are in place. Thanks to all who worked on this. From what I can see the park addition is going to be very nice, well designed, and a great asset to the City.
Cactus song selection
Now I will take some liberties. This will complete my recurring 5 year requirement to show some emotion now and again (besides irritability). Seriously, my wife and others have supported their spouse’s crazy ass endeavors but no recognition most times. For my friend Pat and my wife Cindy of 38 years (and others whom I don’t know but will understand).
For My Lady-Moody Blues-1972: