In the Luumlight


Our re-imagined Seattle streets are good for economy, environment

By E. Sohier Hall
Special to The Times

While we collectively yearn for a return to pre-COVID-19 normalcy, there are some changes we’ve made to survive this pandemic we may want to keep. Among them is the use of our shared and public spaces. In a struggle to survive, for example, restaurants have created outdoor seating spaces on sidewalks and in roadways.

Just a few weeks ago, Pike Place Market announced the availability of pop-up restaurants on its regularly vehicle-choked cobblestone streets. Everyone I’ve talked to about this has had the same response: Why did it take so long?! We’re not alone in asking this question.