This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

The Seattle City Council released their priorities for 2009. Call me a cynic, but they looked vague and predictable. Focusing only on the transit items, I see:

“Take major steps forward on the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the Central Waterfront Public Space Design.”

How many years has that been on your agenda? A specific goal would have been nice.

“Implement new transit opportunities to provide greater access to public transportation, including Sound Transit light rail to the University and Northgate, expanded bus service, and the First Hill streetcar.”

Apparently not including a new Seattle Streetcar network? This is just a list of items Seattle has little control over and lies within someone else’s budget.

“Revise zoning in key areas of the City where greater height and density will promote the public interest.”

Ah, this is the one piece of gold in the pile of rocks. It’s measurable, has a specific goal, and lies within the power of the council. It’s also very important at a time when we’re building light rail, since rail and density should go hand in hand.