• Where: The gondola would run from Freeway Park next to the Convention Center down to the waterfront, staying above Union Street. A midway station would sit between First and Second Avenues on Union, which would have to narrow from three to two lanes of traffic to accommodate the station.
• What it looks like: Eight towers would support the cable and cars, each shaped like a whalebone and taking up only three feet square on the sidewalk. The cars would travel about 40 to 50 feet above traffic, and well above the cables used by city buses.
• Who the heck is paying for it: The entire enterprise, which will cost “tens of millions of dollars,” according to Griffith, is privately funded. No taxpayer money will be used, says the elder Griffith, “and by being privately funded, there’s a strong possibility it will happen.”
That sounds pretty fun, and as long as taxpayers aren’t on the hook for it, sure. I mean the Convention Center to the Waterfront is pretty walkable, but still, it’s probably easier to point to the big sky machine, and say “hop in.” I like the Ferris Wheel, and sure, why not? If they can make another high up thing, only this time practical, go for it.