Alleys of Seattle

World Cup Alley 2

Posted in Pioneer Square by seattlealleys on June 12, 2010

In an amazing feat of temporary permitting, culture, and a big screen, Alley World Cup game 1 brought nearly 130 people into Nord Alley late this morning.  This is the most people I’ve ever seen in an alley in Seattle at one time.  Chairs were out, food was brought in from local vendors and restaurants and an apparently solid moment of civic space took place.  These games will be played all week at 11:30, come check it out.  This is Seattle alley urbanism at its best.  I heard some great quips as the game ended specifically one gentleman saying, “this was awesome, and I didn’t even get murdered in the alley!’.  This is a fantastic step towards changing the collective perception of the potential of these spaces.

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  1. Karrie Kohlhaas said, on July 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Love it. Thanks for sharing this as I had no idea it happened. Would be fun if there were regular events in spaces like this one.

    • seattlealleys said, on July 9, 2010 at 5:42 am

      Karrie, the work you and your neighbours are doing in Delridge is awesome! I would love to come visit it and talk alley transformation with you. If I’m not mistaken, the final world cup game Sunday will be projected in the alley. It is incredibly inspiring to see so many people together in a downtown alley. What are you all planning for your alley once it is cleared? Thank you for the comments and inspiration!

  2. Karrie Kohlhaas said, on July 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Sorry to post twice (again) on your blog but I wanted you to know that I just posted your blog (this page) on Facebook to 565 friends. So you might get some hits from my peeps. Where’s your Facebook Fanpage for this? I want to “like/fan” you and help spread the word about your exploration of alleys in Seattle.

    • seattlealleys said, on July 9, 2010 at 5:50 am

      I had never even thought of making one but will now! I am very excited about the near future of the blog as I’m starting my research trip with San Francisco the first week of August to meet with the Chinatown community that has been working on the transformation of their alleys for the past decade – look for lots of posts in the next few weeks!


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