Parking Day

Here’s a You tube video on a recent trend in urban activism from San Francisco. the idea is to make people aware of the amount of public space used for parking.

“More than 70% of most cities’ outdoor space is dedicated to the private vehicle while only a fraction of that land is allocated to open space for people. Around the nation, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel, and more pollution. It’s time to rethink the way streets are used!

A metered parking spot is an inexpensive short-term lease for a 10’x20′ plot of land. Imagine what you can do in a space usually dedicated to private vehicle storage. Parking Day began in a single metered parking spot in San Francisco and then spread around the world. People who want more open space, less traffic, and safer streets have joined together.

PARK(ing) Day in San Francisco!

Learn from Rebar how to temporarily transform a metered parking spot into a park, a playground, or whatever you like. Read our How to Manual and create your own PARK (ing) Project.

Plan to visit Public Architecture’s brand new Sidewalk Plaza, a permanent transformation of parking spots into a new form of urban open space that will be unveiled on PARK(ing) Day!

This year, Rebar plans to take the show on the road and create the first human powered mobile park: the Parkcycle. If all goes well the Rebar crew will be PARK(ing) in your neighborhood on September 21st!”

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