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Published December 12, 2012
CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC: Mariners and Amtrak reps yesterday while speaking to a city design-review board said that the proposed plans for a new sports arena in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood “jeopardize pedestrian access and safety.” Mariners attorney Melody McCutcheon said that an agreement between the team and arena investor Chris Hansen to limit simultaneous events at Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field and the new arena "could minimize conflicts with traffic and pedestrians.” The Mariners have “previously opposed the arena's Sodo location on grounds that it could worsen traffic congestion on game days” (SEATTLE TIMES, 12/12).
OLYMPIC PROPORTIONS: In London, Nathalie Thomas wrote British firms involved in the construction of the city's Olympic Park are being “taken out to Korea on government trade missions in an attempt to win lucrative contracts" ahead of the ‘18 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Douglas Barrett, head of trade and investment at the British embassy in Seoul, said that he expected PyeongChang '18 organizers "to be interested in replicating some of the temporary structures in Stratford -- such as the basketball arena -- to keep costs down” (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 12/11). Meanwhile, EVOLO.us reported Populous, architect of the London Olympic Stadium and ‘14 Sochi Olympic stadium, has "been selected as designers of the new Rostov Stadium" in Russia. It will be the fourth stadium that Populous has designed in Russia to be used for the ‘18 World Cup (EVOLO.us, 12/8).