Diary

South Park Bridge: Letter to a friend

I’m going to just post this.  I sent it to a friend as an e-mail, but really it is a question for the City to resolve.  I don’t recognize the City that I was born in and grew up in, any more.  It’s a shame.  Their are many good folk who live here, but the communities do not seem to bond as a City anymore.  In the day’s after the Great Seattle Fire, one member suggested they perhaps use the funds collected for the Jonestown Flood, to rebuild the City of Seattle instead.  The looks couldn’t have hurt more than if they beat him with a stick.  Seattle always has been a special place, but something is happening to it, and it’s not good.
The E-mail:
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South Park is a community that lives in the shadow of Boeing.  The shadow extended through the Cold War.  Boeing was the lifeblood of the city for a long time.  This community was the bedroom for Boeing, along with the hills above it.  When Boeing moved back into the West side of the Duwamish, a lot of small industry and warehouses moved with it.  The town became a less attractive a place to live, and a lot of crime and poverty came with it.  The towns name became almost a  term of derision.
The town didn’t start out that way.  There are remnants of tree lined beulevards, and there were some fine homes before most of them were torn down in favor of industrial use.  The town has been used as a doormat for industry and freeways.  Yet it has a patriotic heritage, and a past of suffering and sacrifice.  It gave up it’s destiny, so that others might live and prosper.  Now they wan’t to take away it’s only little bridge.  I have no knowledge of a story involving greater ingratitude save than one story in the Bible where King David stole Uriah’s wife, then sent him into battle to be killed.  Placing him in such a place as to ensure it.  Writing a story about how Samuel confronted him, and used a parable of a Lord stealing a small farmers only lovable lamb, and David condemning himself, is difficult.  I don’t want to ding Boeing, but the current Masters of the Spreadsheet, lack the heart of the Founder.  It shares some culpability, but the real culprits are the county and municipalities, and how they took advantage of the situation to build tax generating Port facilities, and rezoning it for industrial use, gobbling up most of the town in the process.  Now they use it’s lack of population as an excuse for not rebuilding a bridge, that they have chosen on their own to tear down.
People in a city can be so frustrating.  They can be so hardhearted in seeing only what they wan’t to see, getting what they wan’t, and to hell with the consequences.  Another man’s hard luck is his problem.  That’s one of the things I liked about living in Alaska.  When I lived there, they weren’t afraid to lend a helping hand.
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I included this link