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November 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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State budget tackles transportation issues

Seattle doesn’t want more automobiles
The “What’s one big fix for frightful traffic?” Opinion page featuring transportation is timely and thought-provoking, but I found the column by Bruce L. Nurse to be somewhat puzzling [“We should stop waging a war on cars,” Opinion, Nov. 18].

Although his job title is vice president of transportation for Kemper Development Company, he exhibited an appalling dearth of knowledge about transportation. Either he has never studied transportation or he has chosen to ignore what he certainly would have learned: that freeway construction, road expansion and the subsequent increase in the influx of automobiles is terribly invasive and destructive in an urban environment, especially one as constricted as Seattle. It is, at best, a Faustian bargain for those who live in the city.

In a fit of projection that is so prevalent among those who are at the political extremes, Nurse accuses Seattle leaders of being ideologues for not allowing unlimited road and freeway expansion and then goes on to spend 200 words disgorging his own ideology.

Perhaps Nurse is content to ignore everything outside of the windows of his SUV until he arrives at his spread in the Eastside sprawl or until he steps out in the cocoon of a parking garage, but Seattle does not want to live that way.

— Jeremy Smithson, Seattle

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