Kulongoski was there to announce that about 27,000 new jobs may be created by the project as a way of kick-starting what he seems to fear may be increasing gridlock and opposition to the $4 billion plan.
Troubling to anyone who has seen the atrocious preliminary designs for the Columbia spans, however, should be Kulongoski's dismissive attitude about very real design concerns. In the press conference he spoke of "aesthetics" as if design is some kind of superficial concern.
“The aesthetics should not be driving this conversation,” Kulongoski said from his press conference at a MAX station near the proposed bridge. “The economy should. And the thousands and thousands of family wage jobs when we start construction of this new bridge.”
"Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like...People think it's this veneer. Design is how it works." -Steve Jobs