We’ve posted a rough sketch here showing the layout of the History Museum plaza area and the indirect path pedestrians currently take from Pacific Avenue to the Bridge of Glass. (Click on the image if you need to make it larger).
In fairness to the museum, let us note that director David Nicandri told the ed board Thursday he believes that the pedestrian experience of the bridge is enhanced by the indirect approach. I think he has a point. When you enter the museum plaza from the sidewalk, you get a sidelong view of the bridge across the Tacoma Spur. You see the towers from a side view. The head-on, direct view of the bridge from the sidewalk spot where the wrought-iron fence used to be doesn’t showcase the bridge structure itself.
But Nicandri also has the museum’s financial interests in mind: The indirect path also routes visitors past the museum’s gift store and a cafe inside the big arch.
That said, the direct view of the bridge from the fence spot is a nice view in a different way, and I don’t blame people for not wanting to lose that view from the sidewalk. There are some fair arguments on both sides, here, and people should take the trouble to see the other side’s point of view.