Steve Duin’s Thursday column in the O blasts the Columbia River Crossing design. Among other things he quotes members of the project design advisory committee who have figured out that like other citizens trying to influence the project, they’re there for window dressing, not to actually change the DOTs’ agenda:
Jeff Stuhr at Holst Architecture has also sat through this two-year charade and admits, “It’s been painful to watch.” Tedious wrangling over lanes and interchanges is the rage. “My big fear,” Stuhr said, “is we’ll never do any design work.”
But my favorite quote comes from Metro President David Bragdon:
But the most daunting constraint, notes Metro Council President David Bragdon, “is the restriction on the imagination of the two state Departments of Transportation.
“You have two DOTs that are just driven to build huge slabs of concrete. That’s what they do. That’s what they’ve done for the last 40 years. They engineer the biggest, baddest thing they can, and think about the design later, the budget later, the community impacts later.”