The Phil Leng Team: November 2011

Today I Observed Community in Action

Today I Observed Community in Action

Today ISeattle street Observed Community in Action

Today I had the task of overseeing the removal of all the personal items from a home that was foreclosed on a week ago.

It took all day.

This is in an area of Seattle where all the houses are around a hundred years old. The lots they sit on are tiny tiny tiny. Most, but not all, have a one car garage.  Some have just a carport or no garage at all. Mostly, the cars are on the street, and the garage is used for storage

Although it was cold and drizzly today, four families were out on the street. Little kids twirled. A 12 year old rode his bicycle up and down the street. Cars came to houses to visit, then went on their way again.
House in Seattle
Adults were out walking their dogs. Many dog walkers were a couple. You don't need two adults to walk one dog. They were chatting happily as they walked. They would stop and talk to people. They seemed to know the neighbors.

The former homeowner of the house I was overseeing put his uhaul halfway into the street. The odd car that passed slowed way down. No one seemed bothered. Former neighbors stopped to talk to him. They were not strangers to what had happened. He was still a part of this community.
  
The experience made me reflect. I live in the land of three car garages. And garage door openers. We have room for two cars inside, plus storage.carport

But kids aren't playing in the street. I think they are inside playing Kinect. Neighbors aren't talking. There aren't cars coming and going to people’s houses. Front doors are shut. And locked.

Today I observed community in action.

And the old old old houses don't seem so bad to me right now. The tiny one car garages not so unattractive. The tiny narrow lots not so offsetting.

Today I observed community in action.

 

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