The Viaduct — A History
The Alaskan Way Viaduct is a great grey monster, a tharrump–ing noise, a vital north–south traffic artery and a safety hazard. But it wasn't always like this. Once upon a time it was a thing of beauty, a landmark and a source of civic pride. In this four–part series, Dominic Black explores why the Alaskan Way Viaduct came to be, and why along the Seattle waterfront. It's a tale of cultural upheaval, politics, geography. And concrete. Lots and lots of concrete.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
In our four–part series we are looking at the history and the meaning — yes, the meaning — of the concrete behemoth, the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Trying to trace the roots of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is about as easy as trying to have a conversation when you're standing underneath it: it's murky, indistinct and kind of confusing.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
No sooner was the ink dry on the city ordinance giving the viaduct the go–ahead than a special design team was assembled. One of the young engineers brought in was Daniel J. Evans, recently graduated from the University of Washington, and a future governor of Washington state.
Friday, July 09, 2010
The Alaskan Way Viaduct was just the beginning of new highway developments throughout Seattle. It also marked the beginning of public opposition for new transportation projects that threatened to displace thousands of residents.
Special thanks to Knute Berger, Peter Blecha, Ann Dornfeld, Ernie Dornfeld, Paul Dorpat, Daniel J. Evans, Matthew Klingle, KaDeena Lens, Loraine McConaghy, Kristy Van Ness, Pat O'Day, Ron Paananen, Mike Peringer, Junius Rochester, Jeffrey Sanders, Mimi Sheridan, Michael Sullivan, Sage Van Wing and Frank Bero.
This series is dedicated to the memory of Ian Docherty.