On Thursday, July 27, opponents of the Mayor's favored replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct—a cut-and-cover tunnel along the waterfront—will hold a 7 p.m. public meeting to "develop a common strategy regardless of what other Viaduct solutions/alternatives you may prefer or not prefer." The meeting will be held at University Baptist Church (Northeast 47th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast) and is being "sponsored" by the likes of City Council member David Della (who favors a rebuild), Sane Transit gadfly Emory Bundy, Ballard Oil owner Warren Aakervik, and former City Council member Charlie Chong. (He's still alive? Cool.)
In a press release, Magnolia resident and organizer Gene Hoglund is touting Nickels' plan as the "the Mayor's big dig," which is probably a savvy—if a little morbid—strategy in light of last week's death by ceiling tile of a Boston motorist traveing in a section of that city's Interstate 90 Big Dig. Still, as George Howland Jr. has reported, comparing Nickels' plan to Boston's massive undertaking is something of an apples and oranges proposition.