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- Hello, Starla Sampaco in
the Crosscut KCTS9 newsroom.

In Seattle, the city of cranes,
we're busy building things.

And tearing things down,
like the Alaska Way Viaduct.

Mossback's Northwest points out

that we're also
tearing down something

that was never built.

We're talking about the
so-called ramps to nowhere.

During the freeway building
craze of the 1960's,

a highway called the
RH Thompson Expressway

was imagined to go from the
newly completed 520 bridge,

cut through the arboretum,

and slice through Seattle's
central district and south end.

In the late 60's,

citizen activists rebelled
against the growing car culture,

and a vote stopped the RH
Thompson in its tracks.

But giant freeway ramps
had already been built

in the arboretum.

They became the
ramps to nowhere.

People use them as
diving platforms,

jumping into Lake Washington
on hot summer days.

Now, finally,
they're coming down,

except for a portion of one,

which will be a monument
to citizen activism.

I'm Starla Sampaco.

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