Last week, the city hosted “summer streets” in our neighborhood. The thought is to get people out in their neighborhood, meeting neighbors, performing art if they feel inclined, and visit some of the local businesses also hosting various displays of art. The 22 block long “party” meant all of the streets are blocked off to vehicle traffic, allowing for everyone to meander down the streets. Ours was the first of six celebrations to happen over the next few months.
We walked from our house over to the end of the block party. Walking through our neighborhood is like a treasure hunt right now. So many great spring surprises! The late winter has kept the daffodils around a little longer than usual, I’m loving it!
We weren’t really sure what to expect of our art walk/summer street party. We wandered down the streets to see what was happening.
Some guys brought huge boards and did spray paint art real time. I forgot to snap a picture of the finished product when we were walking back home. Is that supposed to be Xavier McDaniel from the now defunct Seattle SuperSonics?
The kids really enjoyed it. It was very cute to see how tentative so many of them were about walking in the middle of the street. Many of them when put down out of their stroller gave funny looks and made a beeline for sidewalk where they’ve been told over and over and over they should be. I don’t think these little guys had an issue with it though.
It is impossible–impossible–to go to any kind of event like this in Seattle and not see someone like these guys.
While I commend their efforts to encourage folks to use less energy, I have to agree with my friend Ciara. She said it best…”I don’t like crunchy clothes.” 🙂 There are some things I would have a hard time giving up. Maybe I’ll turn off my computer and tv earlier every night to make up for it…
There were definitely a lot of people out and about! It was really fun to our neighbors and friends running around. Not so summery in terms of weather, but at least it wasn’t raining! I’m really glad we went to explore. We had fun visiting with friends while roaming the neighborhood.
On a side note, I’ve been prepping our garden again this year for vegetables. I decided to start my own plants from seed this year. They’ve been living in this happy little dome for the last few days and really sprouted. Science is fun! So far, it looks like we are going to have a really nice crop despite all of the seeds I already planted were dug up by the insane crows that swarm the neighborhood every day. Our animal kingdom could prove challenging to our happy plants this year.