The BINMIC and Me

Let’s definitely encourage the further development of industrial, manufacturing, and maritime industries and defend the land they sit on in District 6 and beyond.

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I went to the North Seattle Industrial Association recently at the Seattle Central College’s Seattle Maritime Academy on the ship canal near the north west corner of the Ballard Bridge.

Sound Transit updated about their light rail study from Ballard to West Seattle and The Interbay Project let the cat out of the bag about wanting to put housing on the armory site.

The Sound Transit folks are working out whether to build elevated or a tunnel to downtown from Market Street and 15th NW. A mix is likely, but to me, not very desirable.

The Interbay Project is a totally top down effort from the Department of Commerce, no less, to build apartments, bars, and coffee places on essential industrial (and emergency response lands) near the train tracks and the water.

I’ve know this for awhile and it’s true. Seattle’s maritime, manufacturing and industrial heritage and prosperous blue color future are being snuffed out, very quietly, by housing developer lobbyists. Most of the politicians are owned by them. Their influence at our expense needs to stop. If you haven’t noticed this is a trend across Seattle, let me bring it to your attention.

There will always be a variety of places to build housing and it will take many forms incrementally over time, but industrial lands are very important to Seattle’s past, present and future and most of all to the next generation of middle-class Seattleites. These areas are where they are for a reason and that should be respected.

Can we just celebrate that we have a thriving Alaskan fishing fleet that calls Fisherman’s Terminal their home? I’m on board for defending that.

When I began my civic life in Seattle 20 years ago, I learned about the BINMIC, which is the Ballard Interbay Northend Manufacturing Industrial Center.

They made a plan, from the bottom up, which is how we used to roll. It was cool.

Then a series of political waves occurred starting with Greg Nickels, when the slow erosion of the sanctity of neighborhoods and their main streets as well as our vibrant Seattle maritime industrial (family wage) traditions started. He ditched Jim Diers, head of the Department of Neighborhoods, who so influenced us with “Neighbor Power”, even before he wrote the book.

Things went downhill from there, but we can fix that. We can feel enabled by District Elections. In my District 6, all of this matters.

Let’s definitely encourage the further development of industrial, manufacturing, and maritime industries and defend the land they sit on in District 6 and beyond.

These are some things I took away from the NSIA meeting after talking to people, listening to their comments, and considering own thoughts, too:

  • Put lightrail in a tunnel to downtown with northern (Crown Hill) and eastern (University, Fremont) extensions
  • Keep the Armory site near the Magnolia Bridge for it’s current use or industrial, manufacturing or maritime industries.
  • Create a strong “Running Start” pipeline so that kids can jump to training in the trades for 11th and 12th grade. (@Armory site?)
  • Establish Economic Mobility as the third leg of the stool with Public Health and Public Safety.

I want you with me on this mission. The BINMIC and me…we’re on the same page.