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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

EVENT: San Fran's PARK(ing) Day

I love it when activists come up with fun and creative ways to get a point across. Well, if you've been around the blogsphere for a while you may have already heard about the group ReBar and their PARK(ing) Day installations. I'll explain briefly:

Metered parking spaces are transformed into a temporary public space. It becomes a mini retreat for the urbanite to sit down, have a cup of coffee (fair trade of course!), read, relax from all your shopping, meet up with friends, people watch, or just do whatever. The really cool thing is, it's in support with The Trust for Public Land.

PARK(ing) days have already garnered some local, national, and international attention. One of my favorite magazines, Ready Made Magazine, did a story on them in the Summer issue, and the green blog Inhabitat did a really good in depth story on them earlier this year.

So why am I posting all this? Because PARK(ing) day is upon us again! This Thursday, September 21, 2006. Go to the Rebar website for more details and to volunteer if you have the time. I'm going to try and volunteer or at the very least go to the different installations to take photos and post for you to see. From what I gathered from the ReBar website, PARK(ing) days aren't just a San Franciso thing, apparently a group in Italy were inspired as well as an architect firm in Glasgow!

Parking isn't just for cars anymore!


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At 9:49 AM, Blogger Melanie Rimmer said...

Some people did that in Poynton, where I live. An abandoned petrol station was landscaped with flower beds, gravel paths and benches where people would sit and eat, read, or meet up. They also painted a bright mural on the wall.

There are some before and after photos on this web page:
Scroll about half way down.

At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a short movie about the Park(ing) Day event...


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