Dan Savage pretty much sums it up for me.
"Locally, well, the results pretty much suck. I’m sorry to see that Bill Sherman lost to that GOP hack. And while I’m thrilled Della lost—who isn’t?—I’m bummed that Burgess won. And, like I told the douches from the Sierra Club, I didn’t care if they paved all those new roads with baby mice, I wanted 50 miles of light rail. But Roads & Transit went down. Eyeman’s idiotic initiative won, schools lost, Venus’ DUI cost her the election. I could go on." From The Slog
Here is a good quote from the CSMonitor
"Blame the multiplicity of viewpoints on Seattle's high levels of education, commitment to debate, and large numbers of engineers"
To many viewpoints, solutions, debating and we hate to compromise.
Some people voted against it because it included roads
Some people voted against it because it included light rail
Some people voted against it because it wasn't environmentally friendly enough
I thought prop 1 was a good compromise but apparently everyone disagreed. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future.