I Wish This Was is a series of badly Photoshopped images that transform ignored, vacant lots and properties in Orlando into something the City Beautiful can be proud of.
The Thornton Park Laundry is a staple of the local neighborhood [GMap]. Renters from all over Thornton Park use the laundromat as a weekly excuse to have a pitcher at nearby bars and restaurants. In between cycles, visitors often end up down the street at Wildside BBQ or Burton’s, but a number of customers try to find something to keep them occupied at the laundromat for the hour and a half it takes to wash their clothes.
We’d love to use this week’s wish to activate the laundromat into a one-stop shop for local laundry-doers. The “Lost Sock” as we’re calling it, could have a library in the back, a little cafe/bar setup to sell drinks to customers, and some quiet spaces off to the side with some WiFi to keep people busy. Make the machines eco-friendly and we’d love it even more.
The vacant lot next door would make a great adjoining community garden space too. So great in fact, we made it a past I Wish This Was feature HERE.
Other examples laundromat hybrid spaces include:
Tumbleweed Laundry in Marfa, Texas. Photo via
Gore Street Cafe in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada. They have concerts and art shows here.