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Giant F$((($% Waterfront Ferris Wheel? SRSLY?

From Seattle Times

One business owner, worried about losing customers during construction of the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, has an idea he hopes will draw people to Seattle’s waterfront despite the disruption.

A Ferris wheel.

“We’ll be disrupted for a period of time,” said Hal Griffith, who owns Pier 57. “We need to have activities, people-oriented activities during that time to attract people here so we don’t die on the waterfront.”

What in the world is it about ferris wheels that symbolize bad ideas in my mind? Is is the simple mediocrity of man’s earliest invention, the wheel – just supersized for the sake of an audacious attraction? What is it about the waterfront and Seattle Center that makes my blood boil? Perhaps the fact that we’re giving away the best slice of real estate in this city to duck riding, fanny pack toting, lumbering tourists from TexArkana? There has to be a better use of space than a giant rat wheel!

After visiting San Francisco’s ferris wheel-less waterfront, the developer made an astute observation; “The biggest thing we took away is we shouldn’t make mistakes,” Griffith said. I completely agree. “We’re excited,” said Hal Griffith. “It will be a people pleaser, one more reason to come to Seattle as a tourist.”

What about one more reason to come to Seattle as a resident?

11 Comments on "Giant F$((($% Waterfront Ferris Wheel? SRSLY?"

  1. I live in Belltown, and I like this idea. Seattle needs more lively attractions, as sometimes this city can be boring.

  2. for a different perspective Kevin. I’m probably just being a grumpy curmudgeon.

  3. I know that you have something against fairs and all things to do with them…let me remind you…the space needle was built as a part of a fair, the world’s fair. That’s it, you and me to the Pyuallup..i’m turing around whatever bad experience that you had as a child into a good one. 🙂

  4. The space needle. There. I said it.

  5. I’m undecided – but what if it were more like the London Eye?

    blue eye

  6. Lydia, if it was something tasteful, like the space needle, it could be a welcome change to our skyline.

    I just hear the words ferris wheel and horrible memories of bad fair experiences rush into my mind. It seems like a giant gimmick to me. But, I think you’re right, I should keep my mind open to the design possibilities.

  7. Love it!

  8. I can imagine the waterfront businesses must be panicing between a tunnel going in and the viaduct coming down no one will be able to get near them for two years or more as there will be NO PARKING. Luna Park needs to be recreated on the waterfront ala Coney Island or the Santa Monica pier. Plus it would be nice to have concerts at the pier again too. The merry-go-around is a bit hidden away and the aquarium is the only thing for kids down there.

  9. It will be fun to ride

  10. angrybelltown | November 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm |

    Sounds like a damn good idea to me, or even an old wooden roller coaster called “The Viaduct” Bring back Luna Park! That would kick ass!

  11. So we have a great view of ocean and mountains and we want to block it with a ferris wheel? That wheel will be half as tall as the space needle. It is the equivalent of a 17 story building on the pier.

    London WISHES they had our view.

    If they want to build it to make a buck, build it away from the water and out of sight.

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