Remember the whacky gal Babylonia Aivaz, who married a warehouse in Seattle earlier this year? Well, now that her “building” is gone, she’s a widow, free to marry again!
Woman who married warehouse now engaged to neighborhood
SeattlePI: Aivaz has informed the Seattle City Council she’ll be marrying the Yesler Terrace neighborhood near the Central District.
Aivaz stormed into the council meeting Monday, saying she didn’t have time to wait for the public comment period. She held in her hand a piece of brick — all that was left of her last spouse, she said. The impending neighborhood marriage is another stance against gentrification, according to seattlepi.com news partner KOMO 4. KOMO reported:
Aivaz, who showed up to the council meeting late, said she couldn’t wait for public comment, and instead entered the gated area where members were seated to invite them to her wedding by passing out flowers, and then yelling that housing should be for people, not for profit.
“This is the only thing I have left from the last building I married,” she said as she held up a brick from the 10th and Union Warehouse. “I cannot let it happen again.”
Held back by security guards, Aivaz eventually left the meeting, but was shortly after greeted by police outside. “I just feel that justice has to happen now and I couldn’t wait,” she told police.
Anyone who was at her wedding earlier this year shouldn’t be surprised. Aivaz said at the time: “My heart is in Yesler Terrace, that place is going to get gentrified really soon, so I’ll follow my heart there next.”
The activist released a statement outlining her demands:
It is imperative that important government officials from Seattle support Babylonia’s wedding plans so that THIS TIME her beloved will not be tragically demolished in front of her eyes and replaced with expensive high-rise condominiums. Upon hearing the news of Babylonia’s wedding, City Council will become very sympathetic and choose to vote against the legislation needed for re-zoning the neighborhood.
Since she’s marrying a neighborhood, does that make this a “plural marriage”? Because last time I looked, that wasn’t legal in Washington State, yet…