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Urban Decay: Seattle's Gasworks Park

Several weekends ago, zaiah and I went up to Seattle for the weekend. One fo the hilights of the trip while I was there was visiting Gasworks Park, a large public part down on the waterfront, built on the site of an old and long-abandoned coal gasification plant.

We met up with peristaltor while we were out there (and as a side note, if you don't read his journal, you should--it's one of the smartest reads on LiveJournal).

The old gasification equipment is still there, slowly crumbling into rust. Some of it is now fenced off, which is a damn shame--I'd love to spend an afternoon with a couple of models and about forty feet of rope out here. I'm told the fences are new; and to some extent, I can kind of understand it--if some damn fool falls off one of these things and busts his head open, I guarantee the first thing he's going to do is retain a lawyer to sue the city, before he even gets stitched up, even though it's not "the city" what put his ass up there in the first place.

Anyway, I spent a good bit of time taking pictures, because that's what I do, and now I'm going to bust your bandwidth, because that's also what I do.






  

  









  


There were three wedding parties here the same day we were. It's an unorthodox setting for a wedding, I'll warrant, but I highly approve.

I mention this because if I ever start a religious cult, I think the cult services will look something like this:



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margareta87
Sep. 2nd, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
One of my favourite things when I was little was when my mom would take me to gasworks park and I could climb all over the structures, before most of the fences went up. It was also a favourite hangout place when I was a teenager--especially when we were supposed to be in school.
sydneycat
Sep. 2nd, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Make sure you let us all know if you start that cult. I'd be happy to be an early adopter.
joreth
Sep. 2nd, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Judging by how much money the cult I worked for earlier this year raked in, that would totally solve both of our financial problems! I'd be in total support of you starting a cult, if it weren't for these damn ethics of mine!

And considering the bullshit that was purchased at a whopping 7 grand a head for a single seminar, I'm sure you could do *way* better!
spiralflames
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
yum! i love the Decayed Industrial.

weddings? how...byzantine.
the_failed_poet
Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
That is made of awesome. If I were inclined to marry, I'd marry there.
fallingupthesky
Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, brings back memories... saw that as a kid, during the brief time when my family lived in Seattle.
delphinea
Sep. 2nd, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Wow! Really cool pix. Franklin, you can bust my bandwidth *anytime*!
pstscrpt
Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Living in Detroit, I have a hard time seeing this as decay. The place looks like they could just turn it back on tomorrow.
suzmonster
Sep. 2nd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm game for pics sometime. I'm loving it here in Seattle. So glad I fled Arkansas!
cheerilyxmorbid
Sep. 2nd, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
If I were in Seattle, I'd totally get married there. Steampunk horror wedding, anybody?
xaotica
Sep. 2nd, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)

one of my friends runs http://www.offbeatbride.com/ which is a site devoted to non-traditional life partner situations or ceremonies (ie same sex couples, costume weddings, bizarre locales, etc)

there's some really awesome, creative stuff on there.

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