Want Attention? (Part II) Get the Bloggers On Board

Following up here on Gardner’s post about the Cary Bozeman vs. the Seattle waterfront prize fight that Knute Berger of Crosscut.com wrote yesterday.

We’re back because, well, Crosscut contributors apparently haven’t had enough. This time a Highland Community College professor returns Berger’s volley, pointing out that maybe we Northwesterners should suck it up and live with our industrial, productive, and, yes, ugly waterfronts that help drive the economy more than a row of Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Ye Old Curiousity Shops would. He doesn’t point it out, but Bremerton’s waterfront, the one that kind of started this whole thing, still promotes it’s relationship with the city’s major industry fairly prominently.

Wherever you fall on the debate, and it is a decent exercise in urban planning, you’ve got to give Bozeman credit for igniting what apparently has become the Tastes Great/Less Filling debate of late April 2009.

Moving on, one of the Crosscut readers on Berger’s piece argues that the mayor was merely riding coattail on the condo, marina and tunnel projects, and his only real contribution downtown was two parks. If watching government teaches us anything it’s that two — and quite often three or four — are needed to tango in the redevelopment biz, so I’d question that the city played no role in securing those projects, even if the funds come from elsewhere.

But the point is, those parks have come to pass. (Here’s where the “news” in this post comes in.) Yesterday Sylvia Klatman with the Greater Bremerton Chamber of Commerce, the organization that hosts the Armed Forces Day Festival, told me they’re planning for the annual heroes barbeque to take place at the Pacific and Burwell plaza still under construction. I raised my eyebrows, seeing how the intersection at Pacific was just torn apart again Wednesday (note that, weekend ferry commuters).

But she said she’s been told construction will be done in the two weeks until the festival, and the city would be ready to dedicate the park. Before I could get a call in to Gary Sexton today to check, this arrived in my mail from the city:

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So there you have it, on the Post Office’s record. I’m guessing the trees won’t be quite as mature as this drawing, nor the shipyard as subtlety monolithic as the architects imagine, but the park is scheduled to be done. Our last report had the tunnel opening no later than mid-June, so maybe this will all be ready for summer.

And then maybe Crosscut will have something else to write about.

— David Nelson

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