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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

New York City Parking Squat Day

(From the Transportation Alternatives e-newsletter)

Park(ing)
Streetfilms: Parking Lot Squat
Be sure to check out this Park Slope parking spot squat video.
Ever wish you had more space to relax and play on the street outside your home or office? Well, on Friday, September 21st, you'll have the opportunity to turn parking space into public space

New Yorkers from all five boroughs are organizing NYC Park(ing) Day 2007, a day where citizens trade street space dedicated to private car parking for vibrant public gathering spaces. Park(ing) Day is a fun way to bring attention to New York's need to rebalance streets in favor of uses that maximize the livability and sustainability of our urban habitat.

If you would like to set up a park in your neighborhood or would like to volunteer with a group planning a park, email lindsey@transalt.org.

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Plus another interesting thing from the e-newsletter is how they have Advocacy Committees for each borough of NYC and they have released a pro-bollard report called Rethinking Bollards, and the City of New York Transportation Department has a monthly e-newsletter for bicyclists

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