Skepticism of the SODO Arena Deal
Editor, the Times,
Kudos to the Seattle Times for succinctly laying out in your Monday editorial all the various competing interests of the SODO arena issue.
It seems to me that the powers that be, whether they’re at the City, County or State level, have really dropped the ball on this one. With all the problems that the Times recaps in the editorial – traffic, pedestrian, and Port issues in particular – one has to wonder why this location was ever zoned for a “stadium district”. And when they DID zone for it, why hasn’t there been any effort over the years since then to deal with these issues, so that when a prospective builder comes in and wants to shower us with his largesse, the city isn’t ready to respond in a timely fashion? Mr Hansen said he needed an answer in June, and now has moved his deadline. The infrastructure issues should have been dealt with years ago, and the ONLY thing that should have needed to be debated now is the financial deal he’s offering.
You don’t put up a sign reading “Welcome! We Want Your Business”, and then fumble around like the Keystone Kops when someone accepts your invitation.