We miss our favorite haunts however they die: they slide out of sight without comment, hold last rallying celebrations or trumpet their way out of existence with a disagreeable bang. There’s no denying the feeling in the air, the Facebook posts, the editorials; nostalgia for a just-past Seattle is strong, and we’re feeling nostalgic for just about everything recently as we watch Seattle development swing up and up and change the face of this beloved city.
Into this space steps Jaimee Garbacik, author and editor–who is curating an atlas/anthology of memories of the venues, restaurants, shops and institutions we’ve lost to rapid development in Seattle. The project, The Ghosts of Seattle Past aims to create a permanent archive of once beloved Seattle establishments and is asking residents to submit stories, photographs, drawings, essays, and longings, for a collaborative art installation. There’s no limit on the memories you choose to share–the venue, restaurant, shop or institution remembered could have vanished yesterday or melted forever ago. Submissions will be taken till August 31st.
Slated first to appear at the Short Run Small Press Festival October 31st, the collection “is not an effort to stem the tide of change nor to debate Seattle’s future, but a suggestion that we reflect on its past,” says Garbacik. No judgments here, but a gathering of mourners, rememberers, and friends of the small lovely spaces once here and now gone.