Larry Lange (seattlepi.com):
If the Alaskan Way Viaduct is torn down and replaced by a tunnel, at least one public official thinks the trees alongside the viaduct ought to be left standing near the central waterfront.
The city has a policy of trying to preserve its steadily disappearing canopy of trees and City Councilman Nick Licata thinks the viaduct trees shouldn't be any exception, even if they're around construction work. He's exploring the possibility with the city's forestry commission, a recent entity created to consider how to preserve the city's disappearing tree canopy.
"I don't see why not," he said of his idea. "If you put in a new viaduct you probably couldn't save them but if you're tearing one down (as planned), I don't see a problem," Licata said. MORE...