Suddenly, we have a bunch of new neighbors down the street — the parking lot at St. Joe’s is now home to Seattle’s Tent City. While we were a bit surprised to see the rows of tents appear out of nowhere, we’re cool with it. Not sure we’d be down with the blue tarp action on a permanent basis but hosting for a few weeks is probably good for everybody’s karma.
Here is a calendar of social events involving St. Joe’s and Tent City. Tonight is their ice cream social which sounds like a good excuse to check things out and get involved if you have time.
We do have to say that St. Joe’s didn’t exactly put the word out that this was happening. Of course, they seem to have good reason not to make a deal given the NIMBY action of the past. You can see some of the responses St. Joe’s was up against in this letter to parishioners from 2003. Nice to think Tent City’s appearance on this part of Capitol Hill has settled into a peaceful groove.