By Angie Schmitt, October 25, 2013
What happened here? Well, Network blog Systemic Failure explains why the city saw fit to seize this land from a 103-year-old lady:
Around 100 on-street parking spaces will be lost during the Alaska Way Viaduct construction. To “mitigate” the parking loss, Seattle proposed leasing [Myrtle] Woldson’s parking lot. Woldson already provides parking — just at a market rate. Woldson declined the lease offer as too low. So rather than meet her price, Seattle will just seize her lot through eminent domain.
Seattle is also considering whether to build a parking garage on the lot. Because if there is one thing the waterfront lacks, it is parking.Wow. Seattle. Way to actually worsen your parking problem. This kind of blatant eminent domain abuse should be illegal.