Wednesday, November 07, 2007
SJ News, Seattle April 1, 2008
In a surprising and daring move, Google has announced their purchase of the naming rights of the new football stadium a at the University of Washington and a new floating bridge over Lake Washington.
In a first of the kind arrangement, the University and the search company have agreed to cross license their trade names. A the same time, the software company and manufacturer of the new OmniG personal communicator, has announced that it will contribute to the costs of a massive highway interchange, solving a long drawn out problem of how to connect the Evergreen Point Floating bridge to Seattle without disturbing the wealthy community near the Point. The new Husky circle will feature a 60 foot tall statue of the UW mascot, a husky dog.
Perhaps most startling is that the project is being done in Seattle, a short distance from Redmond, the home town of Microsoft, Google's major competitor. A remaining mystery is whether the state will create a rapid transit system connecting Redmond to Mr. Gates new offices at the Gates Foundation in Seattle. Mayor Gregg Nickles and Ada Healy, the President of Vulcan construction have proposed connecting the new South Lake Union Trolley System (SLUTS) to a route over the new bridge. Ms. Healy owns an estate at Hunts Point, on the Eastern shore of the new bridge and has raised the idea of financing a transit system by offering private cars for the super wealthy. The idea of private cars, as proposed for SLUTS, has not been known in the United States since Commodore Vanderbilt explored his southern properties by railcar in 1908.
The Redmond based firm would not comment for this article.
(See related stories about highways in Seattle and Google's new phone.)