Its been scorching hot but there's been a few comfortable evenings here and there. On one of them we hit Covington. Funny, as close as it is we hardly get there. So sitting outside eating appetizers, drinking drinks I was looking around and thinking about OTR. How cool would it be to have these wide sidewalks on Main and Vine Street? If they eliminated parking on each side of the street and extended the side walks for outdoor cafe's OTR would feel just like Paris.
Once the parking garage at Washington Park and Mercer Commons is finished this shouldn't be a problem at all.
EXCEPT, every time I bring something like this up, or something like Sunday Streets, shutting down a whole street to cars on Sunday some people freak out. How will we drive???
WELLLL that's kind of the idea, park and walk around, it will do you good.
We got to talking about Paris and probably the closest place we have to that is Findlay Market. A walkable, bike-able piazza. What attracts people? Dense places like that where you can sit and watch the world go by. people you know walk past and say hi, you stop to pet a dog and exchange smiles with a stranger. We could use another place or two like that downtown.
OK, back to Covington. Who goes to Covington and misses OTR anyhow?
And the end of the evening, an installation I didn't understand. Nights like these I need an artsy friend hanging around to explain it all. Or maybe there wasn't a why, it just was.