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Seattle Department of Design

Metro Mighty Mole Tee

Regular price $30.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $30.00 USD
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  • The digging of the Downtown Transit Tunnel was one of Metro's greatest undertakings. From 1987 to 1990, the agency bored a tunnel through downtown Seattle in an effort to relieve bus traffic on surface streets. That tunnel is now home to the Westlake, University Street, Pioneer Square and International District Link stations. 
  • Despite being approved by voters, the tunnel dig was a PR disaster. Media outlets extensively reported on the grievances of residents and merchants, and the site was declared "an urban nightmare." In response, Metro launched a PR campaign designed to sweeten Seattleites to the dig. They nicknamed one tunnel boring machine "The Mighty Mole" and created a mascot to greet dignitaries, pose with models and occasionally march with children. The mascot even has its own theme song, sung to the tune of "Three Little Fishes:" "Go, go, Mighty Mole. Dig, dig Mighty Mole!"
  • We've decided to immortalize Metro's wackiest stunt on a shirt. On the back is a graphic pulled from pins given out to drum up support for the project. This graphic also feels oddly appropriate for our current pandemic-induced urban malaise.
  • Printed in Seattle, 100% ringspun cotton tee. Fits true to size.



Pit to Pit Length
S 18" 27"
M 20.5" 28"
L 23" 28.5"
XL 24.5" 30"

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