Bremerton — As Seen in Seattle

I’m reluctant, for the most part, to reference what a publication competing with us for circulation is publishing. I’ll make an exception today.

You may have seen our earlier story about how Mayor Bozeman was going to speak to two Seattle audiences about Bremerton’s waterfront redevelopment. Seattle, including the city council, wants Bremerton’s advice about transforming their freeway with a view (aka the viaduct).

After while it gets old for us to keep reporting on it. Ho hum, another city wants Bremerton’s advice.

First there was this bunch of bosses from Oak Harbor, Mount Vernon and Federal Way who wanted to see Bremerton’s transformation to get ideas for their own cities.

Then, in February the Seattle City Council brought its administrative staff for a retreat at the conference center, using up Hampton Inn hotel rooms and depositing bucks here to get away from their own ten acres. Part of that conference included presentations by the mayor and Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority jefe Norm McLoughlin.

So this week we considered whether I should follow Bozeman over to Seattle to see how it went. In the end it was a news decision that we’d covered this kind of thing enough that we didn’t need to go.

It was news in Seattle, however, which is significant to Bremerton. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer had two stories Thursday. The first, Tacoma, Bremerton show how to revamp Seattle’s waterfront leads with:

“Seattle may have a longer shoreline, but when it comes to developing its central waterfront, Tacoma and Bremerton are way ahead, Seattle City Council members said Wednesday.”

The second, In Bremerton, crowds tell story: Waterfront is now inviting, gives examples of how Bremerton’s waterfront has changed.

The reader comments are lively.

Bremerton’s mayor, the chamber, local real estate agents and economic development types couldn’t have crafted a better press release, not that I’m saying the stories are puffy. They’re not. It’s just that for those who’ve been leading the cheers for this city, attention like this has to be considered a validation. And I have no doubts there are large hopes here that some of ongoing progress will continue to be caused by folks on the Seattle side who suddenly discover Bremerton. News stories like these in that market support their cause.

I’ve been working a late shift this week and during a break I walked down to the waterfront and watched the ferry and other boats pass. It was outstanding weather for just sitting and watching. The stories mention kids playing in the fountains, and there was one little guy jumping up and down he was so thrilled with the waterworks near Taco del Mar. But lately I’ve seen more adults mesmerized by the choreography of the fountains that dominate the lower stairwell.

It’s quite a change from the downtown parking lots of yesteryear.

One thought on “Bremerton — As Seen in Seattle

  1. Excluding the ferry traffic, I’m curious why Bremerton wants car traffic downtown at all…why clog up valuable real estate with parked cars?
    Why not offer what Port Townsend offers: Parking lots outside the town and commuter buses running from the downtown area to the parking lots.
    In my opinion, employees working downtown ‘should’ be required to park and ride a commuter bus to work.
    If the employee doesn’t like the bus idea, they could ride their bike from home to work or load the bike in the car, drive to one of the parking lots outside the city, ride the bike in to work and park their bike in one of the FREE and secure bike racks provided by the city of Bremerton.
    Getting fit and healthy is free…

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