Yesterday, September 19, was Park(ing) Day. I had the opportunity to visit a few spots downtown. Each spot had its own theme and vibe, but all of the spots had enthusiastic participants and loads of curious people stopping by to learn more about the allocation of public space. I especially enjoyed the Yahoo site at 13th Street and 6th Avenue. The guys were decked out in purple and had a bike hooked up to a trainer that converted the energy created from bicycling into usable energy on their laptops. The spot outside Whole Foods on 7th and 24th was also fun…they had chessboards, cards, magazines, and even an individual photo booth. My sister was in Los Angeles and sent me a photo of a Park(ing) spot. At first she thought it was a movie set, but then she realized that it was just a bunch of people hanging out and reclaiming a precious piece of space. I hope you got out there and enjoyed the day. Remember, those parking spaces are actually public spaces. How cool it would be if we could use them as such. Check out the day’s events by watching this great film by Streetfilms.
Ride to PRODUCE energy (and other fun park(ing) day spots)