Sunday, March 20, 2011

The political risk of freeway removal

One aspect of the embarcadero removal in San Francisco that we should take into account is that the Mayor Art Agnos lost re-election because the China-town merchants  who had supported him disagreed with him and defected. That said, in Seattle Mike McGinn was elected due to his anti-tunnel stance. He did do a bit of hedging on this position in the in the latter days of the campaign but I do not read much into this since he won with nearly the same number of votes as Councilmember Mike O'Brien who made no such hedges on his anti-tunnel stance.


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