park(ing) day 2010

September 16, 2010

What a gloomy day!

For whatever reason, that Oscar Wilde adage “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” seems appropriate tonight.

Demonstrating this notion is Seattle’s iteration of the global event PARK(ing) Day — which will arrive ever so spontaneously in parking lots across Seattle tomorrow, Friday, the 17th of September. It aims to “shift paradigms” by converting metered lots into temporary parks for the day. The stats aren’t handy, but doesn’t Seattle have the most parks per capita or something of that nature? As damn proud as we are of our park-to-person ratio, we’re still never satisfied with our pedestrian-to-automobile ratio. So come out to the myriad parks that will stand constructed for only a fleeting moment of time.

Personally, I’m keen on the “BearGarden” that is appearing behind the QFC on Broadway. But be sure to support the People’s Parking Lot that heralds the blanket of desolate space that was once a thriving bar space on 500 Pine. There will be plenty of rewards to be doled out from the likes of the ever-adorable Spine & Crown, Emerson Salon, Tidbit Bistro, Porchlight Coffee, & a few more. & it all concludes with an People’s Parking Lot afterparty, naturally.

Make of this what you will.

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