(Wallyhood is pleased to introduce Melody Datz to the writing crew. A native of Texas, Melody has explored life in exotic places such as New York, Japan, Germany and Poland, but is now firmly planted in that perfect little corner of the world known as Wallingford. Currently an academic research analyst at a local university, Melody spends her time writing and building a small urban homestead with her partner, Justin, and their four chickens: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Welcome, Melody!)
It’s Friday afternoon and you’re stuck in a Viaduct-less traffic jam from hell. You’re tired, bored and angry, and you should be–our city lacks an adequate infrastructure for the 600,000+ people driving, biking, and busing up and down our soggy streets during rush hour. This Friday, you can do something about it right here in Wallingford: See a movie. Talk to folks who feel your pain.
At this week’s “Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies“, Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice will present “Moving Beyond the Automobile“, a series of short Streetfilms that highlight issues also at the core of Proposition 1: mass transit, bicycle infrastructure, traffic congestion, and safer streets for everyone on the road.
Issues of vehicle gridlock, mass transit and bicycle safety are fresh on the minds of Seattleites in the wake of highly-publicized bicycle fatalities, proposed cuts to Metro’s budget and construction on popular roadways. Streetfilms and Proposition 1 aim to address the needs of all commuters by illustrating common problems and solutions for locals traveling by car, bus, bicycle, and foot.
The movie showing will be followed by a panel discussion on Proposition 1. The scheduled panel includes Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Cascade Bicycle Club’s Policy and Government Affairs Manager Craig Benjamin, Feet First ExecutiveDirector Lisa Quinn, Real Change Executive Director Timothy Harris, Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee Co-Chair Ref Lindmark, and Spokespeople Coordinator Cathy Tuttle. Admission is free of charge and open to the public.
Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 28, at Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ in Wallingford, located at 5019 Keystone Place N. Metro bus routes: 16, 26, 44.