Mar. 6, 2009 at 7:07am
Ye 'ol King's Inn on the corner of Pacifc and South Tacoma Way is all boarded up with a fence around it. Though construction isn't slated to start until this Fall it looks like Sound Transit is prepping to clear the way for their new Sounder extension to Lakewood. The extension of the rail line from the Dome District up the end of the Nalley Valley will require the demolition of at least this building and (correct me if I'm wrong) Eagle Tire next door.
This corner is certainly going to see some change in the next couple years. Are you a fan of the plans or would you rather see a trench dug or a surface train crossing? What do you think this project will/won't do for SoDo?
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by fredo on 3/6/2009 @ 8:05am
|Thanks for the photos Kev. I don't really have an opinion about the Sounder right of way issues, But it would be nice if this intersection could be made a little more attractive. Just looking at it is giving me a powerful headache.|
by KevinFreitas on 3/6/2009 @ 9:06am
|Yeah, I'm hoping the plans will allow for some styled art elements on the planned overpass. Really could make a great gateway into downtown coming down the hill on Pacific.|
by thriceallamerican on 3/6/2009 @ 9:20am
|I sorta hope someone finds a way to keep the sign (sans the part that says "The King's Inn", that is).|
by NSHDscott on 3/6/2009 @ 10:06am
|Random history note: The King's Inn was originally the first Travelodge built outside the state of California.|
by Dave_L on 3/6/2009 @ 3:07pm
|Cool fact - I didn't know that.
by Erik on 3/6/2009 @ 3:07pm
|I'm hoping the plans will allow for some styled art elements on the planned overpass. Really could make a great gateway into downtown coming down the hill on Pacific.
Overpasses generally produce a sphere of blight around and under them which will no doubt be the case here like the other overpasses in Tacoma.
BTW, Seattle is ripping down their blight producing viaduct and replacing it with a tunnel to improve their sity while Tacoma is building one. It wil certainly improve Seattle's waterfront.
On January 12, 2009, the state of Washington, King County, the city of Seattle, and the Port of Seattle revealed that they had agreed to replace the viaduct with a four-lane, 2-mile (3.2 km) long underground tunnel. The tunnel would have a south portal in SoDo, near Qwest Field, and a north portal near Thomas Street, north of the Battery Street Tunnel.
by Erik on 3/6/2009 @ 3:09pm
Dead Viaduct Walking
The bored tunnel option just got a big wet kiss from the Senate, though its House reception will not be so warm.
We've been, so we can recommend it. "Participants will also learn about upcoming construction on the viaduct's south end, and the recommendation to replace the central waterfront section of the viaduct with a bored tunnel and transit and city street improvements." The tours begin at the Columbia Street on-ramp before you take your life in your hands and walk out onto the viaduct�s lower deck. Tours will be held between 9:30 a.m. and noon and last about 45 minutes.
Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.
So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.
Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!