The folksiness licks its way into your consciousness, such that you don’t fathom when you’re being intentionally cute or being cute such that your dropped gerunds sound natural.
You say hello to your neighbors first, before they have a chance to get a “hey” out and you know that their children are enrolled in various sports.
You are a neighbor, how about that, cityslicker?
Someday, you keep saying to yourself. Someday.
Behold this thing of beauty. A integrated streetcar system connecting South Lake Union, Downtown, Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, and Capitol Hill. It brings a tear to my transit loving eye.
The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 yesterday to accept the First Avenue alignment as the preferred alternative for the missing downtown link, and voted to pursue funding to make this thing a reality.
Sure, even if they got the full $75 million they’re applying for a $40 million funding gap would exist. And sure, the City doesn’t have that money and are in fact seeking to acquire that exact sum in November in hopes of preventing a massive shut-down of our existing bus transit system.
But those are pesky details that get in the way of the dream. The dream of transit that makes rich folks and tourists feel good. But hey, if we’re going to have a streetcar system, we might as damn well make it useful by connecting the damn things.
Might be the best yard flair in Seattle, these carousel ponies. Not shown: giant coffee cups, elephants, horses made of engine parts, concrete hands and bunny-eared trees. Down the street, there’s still a Disneyana fiberglass deer, sun-faded and smiling with its eyes.
The yards of Seattle give lie to the perception of its populace as cold. What is mistaken for ice is reserve, caution. How serious can you be with a giant metal chicken in your garden?