May I present my next dream: the Yesler Way Gondola.
Although this probably isn’t the most important line for a gondola in Seattle, this might be a good place to start. Consider that we’re about to begin two massive projects: Yesler Terrace redevelopment, and the waterfront redevelopment. If we’re going to build gondola stations, it would be cheap and easy to add them to projects that are being built anyway. Consider also that both of these locations suffer from pedestrian access because of hills. There are likely a large number of ferry passengers and waterfront tourists that would love an easy connection to Link light rail. There are also 4,500(!) new housing units about to be built at Yesler Terrace that would love a quick and easy ride to that same transit service.
The route is a very short one, which would be appropriate for Seattle’s first gondola line. At 3,700 feet that’s around a 3 minute ride from end to end, adding another minute or so for the Pioneer Square Station stop.