Monorail, Politics, and Quotes


There will be a monorail groundbreaking event this fall, after all. While the $1.6 billion Seattle Monorail Project struggles with a bid that could be as much as $200 million more than budgeted (see "The Track Is Clear," Nov. 3) and has pushed a planned groundbreaking for the new, 13.7-mile system into next year, the venerable Seattle Center Monorail is ready for a comeback, officials said this week. The nation's first full-scale commercial monorail system will resume service next month, says an SCM spokesperson. Built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair—price $3.5 million—the two-train system reliably traversed a one-mile Fifth Avenue route for more than four decades, carrying 2.5 million passengers annually, until a car was hit by fire last May. Puzzled by the fire's source, officials immediately shut down Seattle's biggest thrill ride, possibly forever, it seemed. Now it's on the rail to recovery, and with electrical renovations and other improvements, just one train—the one not damaged by fire—will be making test runs soon. The system will resume regular round trips from Seattle Center, which is the old world's fair site, to the downtown Westlake Mall shopping center just in time for the Christmas season, says SCM. RICK ANDERSON


After getting their—OK, our—butts kicked in the election last week, you had to wonder how local progressives and lefties would react. Dubya, you might have noticed, is not especially loved in Seattle. Would election night turn into mayhem in our streets, to be followed by thousands voicing righteous anger at protests? No. In fact, at a protest organized by Not in Our Name at Westlake Park on Saturday, Nov. 6, only 500 people showed up, stood in the cold, held signs, and listened to speakers call for "Bush-free zones" around America. It's going to be a long four more years. PHILIP DAWDY


"Democrats didn't lose the 2004 election because they lack moral values. They lost it because they lack appealing, moderate ideas. They were good at saying what Bush did wrong, but couldn't say what they'd do right." —Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat (Nov. 5)

"Why should I be nice, when the elitists aren't? Screw all my neighbors and their limo-liberal attitudes." —Seattle Post-Intelligencer reader Scott Drake, in an e-mail to columnist Joel Connelly (Nov. 5)

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