Finally!!! West Seattle the time is NOW! If there is ever going to be a time in any of our lifetimes to see Streetcars in West Seattle again. This is it!
With the city now finally 'on-board’ for connecting our city's neighborhoods via streetcars, the time to act is NOW before we again find ourselves being victims of isolation. We need our citizens, businesses, neighborhood organizations, local chamber, seniors, and youth to come together to demand the city include West Seattle in its next round of street car route expansion planning.
This should be something that everyone can attest too; whether you want to be isolated from growth or are pro-growth...enjoy living in a penthouse or find yourself treading the poorhouse waters...have lived long enough to have ridden streetcars before in the city...or are a current student not wanting mom or dad to pull up in front of the school to pick you up, rather be able to jump on a "hip" ride and zip over to Husky Deli, Alki Beach or go shopping at Target!
The city is putting forward plans to study expand the streetcar network to five different lines. One is currently in operation, South Lake Union and another is currently being built between Capitol Hill and Pioneer Sq. (First Hill Line)(thanks largely to Sound Transit $$$ to buy Seattle support for the last mass-transit proposal Sound Transit - 2 (ST2). Already, the Capitol Hill neighborhood has proven it's strong support by demanding the further expansion of their currently being built line (First Hill)!
We can't remain sitting on or butts while the rest of the city is tied together by a tangible social network. I call on the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce (WSCC) to hold a group of information gathering sessions pulling together all of our Neighborhood Associations :
• Admiral Community Council
• Alki Community Council
• Delridge District Council
• Morgan Junction Assoc.
• Westwood Neighborhood Council
• Fauntleroy Community Assoc.
• High Point Neighborhood Assoc.
West Seattle Junction Association
West Seattle Senior Center
Student Council's (K-12, College)
We need to formulate a plan of action ("NOW") to present to the City of Seattle by early January 2013. I would also ask that the WSCC put the city on notice, that we are moving forward on this "NOW" so as to make sure we don't slow down what this city's big negative is – PROCESS!
For all those reading this, please present this to your neighborhood associations, business associates, friends, your kids, your parents. This is an 'affordable' alternative to the monorail. Do you want Sound Transit (ST) to study bringing light-rail to 'The Junction' and have Seattle streetcars spider-out throughout our neighborhoods? Do you want to start with a Streetcar web in West Seattle first and have ST finance the expensive connection to the city via the bridge? The movement starts “NOW”… Where do you want it to go? I’ll post an update from the WSCC here...