- Posted July 13, 2014 by
Seattle's Oldest Neighborhood Succumbs to Art Attack
While Washington D.C.'s tidy Georgetown neighborhood is crowded with upscale shops, eateries and $4,0000-a-month apartments, Seattle, Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, the city's oldest, seems to be going for shabby chic, with more emphasis on shabby.
And that's just what its hip, tattooed, moped-riding and bicycling residents, and busy merchants want, a celebration of sprawling exposed brick landmarks, high-ceilinged coffee shops and unpretentious saloons, art galleries with an emphasis on skeletal and urban decay imagery, music studios, and even a nationally-known underground comic book and record store, and book publisher, Fantagraphics.
This urban energy is amped up by the noise and, some claim, the desirable vibe, of freight trains, highway traffic, and low-flying planes courtesy of Boeing Airfield at it's southern border.
Such wackiness invites a schedule of edgy festivals in Georgetown including the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts Annual Spring Showcase, the annual "Dead Baby Downhill" bicycle ride, featuring multi-story bicycles
that spit flames, and the annual Art Attack.
This year's Art Attack was centered around the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, a collection of a half-dowzen or so retro airstreams and other trailers and booths strung together year round in an otherwise large empty lot selling fine art, vintage clothes and kitch.
This year, attendees were treated to the songs of Seattle celebrity drag queen, Sylvia O'Stayformore, who threw a Tupperware party for her more traditional fans.
Story & photos by Steve Shay, Seattle
First photo is of Sylvia O'Stayformore moving product at her Tupperware display.