Green Lake Proposal
I enjoyed your post.
When I lived in Europe (Germany for 1 1/2 years, and England for 4 years), I
loved to spend time in the pedestrian zones. Invariably, those places and
shops were always crowded. The ambiance was great.
I recall going from shop to shop, purchasing a treat from a bakery and
eating it in a park; then on to more exploring. There is a certain quality
of experience there which I've never felt in a modern air-conditioned
American shopping mall.
Author of the "Unconventional Ideas" website at http://go.to/unconventional
> Here in Seattle, we have a park which rings a small lake. Called GreenLake,
> it is a 5 km walk around the lake on a paved walking trail. Cars aredriven
> and parked around the perimeter of the park and are never out of sight ora
> hearing, but people can walk the entire 5 km without directly encountering
> moving or parked vehicle. On a sunny day, winter or summer, it can be soof
> crowded with people that it is difficult to walk at a steady pace. I have
> read that Green Lake is the most popular park (# of visits) in the State
> Washington. I credit this to the car free ambiance and safety of the park.I
> can think of no other place, other than remote hiking trails in theforests,
> where one can walk for an hour without that certain wariness demandedclose
> wherever a car has access. Few other people make this connection, however.
> At a meeting of a local neighborhood planning committee, a proposal to
> the perimeter roads to auto traffic was put forth. This was immediatelyfearful
> attacked by property owners and business operators around the lake,
> of their customers losing access. I suggested that, on the contrary, their
> properties would become like Green Lake itself, the most visited in the
> state. But that possibility required imagination and the proposal was
> quickly discarded.