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Cool Idea: Park(ing) Day

When I lived in a third-story apartment, I really longed for more green space, and would have definitely taken advantage of Park(ing) Day, which just finished its second annual event this past Friday. Park(ing) Day is an event where businesses, government offices, and volunteers in several corners of the world take the time to construct parks in parking spaces. In San Francisco alone, over 55 parking spaces were occupied, including this pedal-powered park, constructed and operated by Oakland, California, collective Rebar, which started the whole phenomenon a year ago, with help from the Trust for Public Land.

To find out if your city participated in Park(ing) Day, just

Participating cities included:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Berkeley, California
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Boone, North Carolina
  • Boston, Massachusettsli>
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • and many, many more.

    What do you think? Cool concept or driving nuisance? Would you rather have fewer parking spaces and more parks?

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beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i like what they did to all the lots. i think it is so interesting - i love how it encouraged neighbours to talk to each other if only to ask why they did what they did.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 8 years
What a great idea!
Nightwind Nightwind 8 years
I have a rowhouse with a narrow but very long backyard. I hardly go out there: in the summer its so hot, and there are always mosquitoes around. Mowing the lawn is a pain, and so is cutting the weeds off the fence. But I like knowing that its there. It comforts me in a way. Apartments freak me out for some reason. Maybe because you dont have any land of your own.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
A good idea, but pretty sad too....
wickidgrrl wickidgrrl 8 years
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 8 years
I'm bummed I missed this! It would have been fun!
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 8 years
I like this idea. If people complain about fewer parking spaces, they need to get over it. It's one day to embrace and encourage nature!
chancleta chancleta 8 years
so funny so sad its why city life isn't for me i lived in nyc once and i was dying for green
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