West Seattle Bridge closure anniversary: Laughing because otherwise we’d cry

One of the ways in which people have coped with the West Seattle Bridge closure – one year ago today, and expected to continue for another 15 months or so – is through humor, in the “laughing because otherwise we would cry” mode. Above, one of the signs that popped up around the peninsula in the early going – photographed today in the window at Beveridge Place Pub. A popular meme is that the bridge outage has turned the peninsula into an island – that gave birth to stickers sold to raise money for the West Seattle Food Bank. And remember the T-shirt design contest? Three designs won a community vote last summer from among 63 entries:

NOAH BELL-CRUZ – Greetings from Accidental Island


REBECCA DAHLIN – So Close Yet So Far

The West Seattle Junction Association, which organized the design contest, says the winning T-shirts are still available at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), Alair (3270 California SW), Capers Home (4525 California SW), Wild Rose (4529 California SW).

4 Replies to "West Seattle Bridge closure anniversary: Laughing because otherwise we'd cry"

  • Sky has not fallen for residential real estate March 23, 2021 (5:03 pm)

    People also laughed and cried when they speculated that housing prices and sales would plummet.  No tears needed.  Prices are still high giving other people something to laugh and cry about. According to RedFin: https://www.redfin.com/neighborhood/3040/WA/Seattle/West-Seattle/housing-market

  • Lori March 23, 2021 (5:49 pm)

    I also saw them at the senior center store last weekend! 

  • 7jkins7 March 24, 2021 (4:26 pm)

    A friend of my brother had a vivid dream, last night 3/23/21, (1 year anniversary of our bridge sudden closure). He dreamed of 30,000 or more West Seattleites assembled on the high bridge protesting its closure. There were police cars and news helicopters and it was a sunny day.Sometimes dreams can become a reality. Jan

    • 98126res March 25, 2021 (11:29 am)

      Love the humor. Wonderful artwork so close yet so far. A giant bridge cracking devious octopus surely caused this.

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