— Jenny Neill

Seattle and The Number 12

Most citizens of Seattle associate the number 12 with a certain sport that involves kicking or throwing an oval-shaped ball made out of pigskin. Having heard the Twelfth Man in action from the field in 2011, I have no doubts the crowd gives the team an advantage when playing at home. Earlier this week, that number took on yet another meaning for one of our neighborhoods. The Pike-Pine corridor in Capitol Hill was named one of America’s 12 Top ArtPlaces of 2013.

Seattle Seahawk Sidney Rice runs onto the field with the 12th man flag

Seattle Seahawk Sidney Rice runs onto the field with the 12th man flag.
Photo courtesy of Mike Russell.

This is the first time the collection of foundations, federal agencies, and banks that comprise ArtsPlace has given this accolade. To make this list, each neighborhood must meet a series of six “creative placemaking” indicators as part of an exhaustive analysis process. Those included rose to the top for having business and creative vibrancy, arts-related non-profits and businesses, and a measurable percentage of creative workers who live there. Making sure independent businesses are part of the make-up of a community mattered, too.

All the excitement around town this weekend is because the Seahawks are getting ready to challenge the Falcons in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. As for me? I’m cheering the recognition of one of Seattle’s best neighborhoods for the arts.

Sherri Schultz, independent editor and founder of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, celebrates her raffle win.

Sherri Schultz, independent editor and founder of the
Northwest Independent Editors Guild, celebrates her raffle win.
Photo courtesy of Mike Russell.

  1. Brady (4 the Report) (@SportsBrothersR) says: July 8, 20138:44 pm

    What a great stadium and great fans in Seattle. The 12th Man is an important home field advantage.. I know this was written last season, but it’s such a great place.. i had to comment..

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