PARK(ing) Day

Leave the car at home, but not your parking meter quarters, for today is international Park(ing) Day.

Park(ing) Day doesn’t have much traction where I am in North Carolina, but for eco-hipster city dwellers in San Fran, Brooklyn, Chicago, and now internationally, it’s become a creative, community-involving event.

The premise is that parking spaces are rectangles of public space that a town lend out by time-increments. Activists realized they could rent this space and do whatever they wanted in them as long as they kept paying the rent. They decided to turn parking spaces into temporary public parks and art spaces, and an annual park(ing) day is now recognized.

Visit your local PARK today. Alas, only today.

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