First, I would string all the sections of the old 520 floating bridge together and anchor it in the middle of the lake. Then I would pile all the muck on top, creating an artificial island. I would populate this island with bunny rabbits and a hearty strain of marijuana that would grow shore to shore. The bunnies would reproduce at a rapid rate, fertilizing the marijuana field and providing a food source for the on-island restaurant/tourist trap “Bunny and Buds,” that sold T-shirts, coffee mugs, snow globes and joints rolled in toilet paper.
Greg Lundgren artist, designer and curator, currently working to revolutionize the cemetery industry and petitioning for a downtown arts center called Walden Three
Put a Lid on It
We could turn a million cubic yards of dirt into an urban treasure in two simple steps. First, put a lid on I-5 from around 65th to 45th in North Seattle. Then, pile on the dirt from the tunnel excavation—a mile long, a football field wide, and 20 feet deep—to create a 37-acre park with stunning views of downtown and Mount Rainier. Camouflaging this already dug-in stretch of I-5 would hide the crawling swath of traffic that snakes along every morning and night. Public trails across the lid would reconnect the high-density University District with residential neighborhoods to the west, encouraging people to ditch their cars and walk or bike to get a daily dose of exercise and nature. As a bonus, selling carbon credits for the growing forest and the accumulating organic matter in the soil would help pay for the lid. Alternatively, we could turn this new public space into an urban farm or community gardens to grow food in the heart of town. On second thought, why not do both?
David R. Montgomery MacArthur “Genius,” University of Washington professor of geomorphology, and author of The Rocks Don’t Lie, Dirt and King of Fish