As many of you may have seen, at the garage sale we were collecting ideas for future events on the lot. Unfortunately I only have this photo of the board from early in the day, which shows about a quarter of all the ideas received:
Don't believe me? Here are the post-its on the PPL headquarters floor:
The ideas range from practical to whimsical, from active use of the space to leisure. The point here was to both solicit feedback for actual events as well as giving attendees a way to participate, the latter of which is the real point of this blog: email me if you want to be a team member and post your own articles here.
Without further ado, here are the ideas, in random order:
Sounders tailgate party
NO MORE UGLY CONDOS
Movie tent & chai stand
Crowdsource development of this property!
More events like the community garage sale (drawing of a happy sunshine)
Arts and Crafts fair, folks
Ballroom disco hall (drawing of a disco ball; i heard one was for sale at the lot)
Farmer's Market @ light rail station
Block Party -- BBQ, Music, Neighbors
Potatoes (could they grow in that mound of dirt? maybe...)
Invite Skillet Airstream once a week
60 second idea pitches
Skill building workshops (this link meshes nicely with Unpaving Paradise and the newly formed Howell Collective)
Street food vendors
Zombie dance (Flash mob ideas are very popular; anyone ever participated in or organized one? If so, email me.)
P-patch on every block!
Carnival with rides
Bands! Movies! Temporary Gardens!
Crop circle and/or corn maze
Strand bar (beach bar) sand + beach + chairs + booze
Solar powered robot battles
Speed dating on roller skates (now that's speedy!)
Ski mountain plus shooting range
P-patch in large (moveable) containers -- shipping containers?
Inflatable pool park (imagine if all these people were sitting in inflatable pools)
So, what do you think of these ideas? Outdoor movies was a recurring favorite and someone is serious about getting a lecture series going through their nonprofit. Someone else would like to move this year's incarnation of this block party to the lot and many folks expressed interest in a weekly flea market.
As it stands, the major hurdle to any of these events is getting the insurance required to use the space. I personally bought the insurance for the sale and am still quite a few bucks in the hole. If you'd like to help out, CHS is trying to recoup some cash so that we can hopefully put on more events soon. I'd appreciate the help.
But still, money or not, let's keep the dialogue going about what needs to happen next!