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September 2, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Where do the anti-tunnel Seattleites live?

Posted by Beth Kaiman

From Staff Reporter Justin Mayo:

Seattle voters gave a strong go-ahead to the Highway 99 tunnel last month, with 58 percent showing support for the project.

On Friday, King County Elections released results of the Aug. 16 primary, broken down by precinct.

The strongest (pro-tunnel) support for Seattle Referendum 1 came from wealthier, waterfront neighborhoods, where some precincts voted to approve the measure by more than 70 percent. These include Laurelhurst, View Ridge, Madison Park and Mount Baker. The measure also received strong support in downtown precincts.

The strongest anti-tunnel sentiment was seen in more liberal parts of the city: Capitol Hill, South Park/Delridge and pockets around Greenwood/Ballard/Fremont all voted to reject Referendum 1.

Turnout across the city was 36 percent. Generally, precincts that voted to approve the measure had higher turnout than those that rejected it.

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I think the opponents of the tunnel are the very people who drive the Viaduct daily to go to work and to come home. Particularly, the residents of...  Posted on September 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM by kimbabwe. Jump to comment
seattle was a much better place before all the computer people moved in.  Posted on September 3, 2011 at 1:18 PM by jhande. Jump to comment
it is interesting to see all the comments from the wealthy pro tunnel supporters. not one of them mentions that they are wealthy, or how much they...  Posted on September 3, 2011 at 12:43 PM by jhande. Jump to comment