With the glorious sunshine warming us and flowering explosion of new life in the city, what better time to celebrate the launch of Streets for All Seattle. Of course our gardens, parks, open waters and other public places variously beckon us to cultivate crops, lounge and laze about. But our streets are more than just the connective tissue and ways between those special places, our homes, workplaces, third places.
Reclaiming our streets from the hegemony of automobiles is much more than an issue of equity for feet, wheels, and transit choices. More, we must demand that this public resource serve public purposes-- as new habitat, as stormwater and heat island management infrastructure, and as the too-overlooked venue for urban conviviality.