I think everyone who (a) drives and (b) lives in Seattle’s urban core has taken a mistaken drive through Pike Place Market. I can remember not being able to find parking, so I took a punt on the market. Will, who used to write here, was a passenger and he was making fun of me the whole time. It’s so slow going, and you don’t really know how people are going to behave. found a spot, but it was just so miserable.
And that, more than the obvious improvement for pedestrians, has always baffled me about the debate about closing the market to cars. Honestly, it’s slow and awful. You don’t get to the other side faster than going down First Ave.
Driving in Seattle can be pretty shit at times. But Seattle can save new people from that particular mistake. And make the Market better for the people who use it.
Anyway, please wash your hands right now. And get vaccinated or boosted if you’re eligible.