PARK(ing) Day DC: Friday, September 18th, 2009
From Justin Young (with editing):
Garden District Saves PARK(ing) Day DC
Washington DC's participation in the international event PARK(ing) Day, has been saved thanks to local garden shop Garden District. The original plan was to turn 4 on-street parking spaces into parks for the day around the city. However, complications with obtaining permits made this plan impossible. (See this entry, "DDOT being narrow-minded and overcautious on Park(ing) Day," from Greater Greater Washington about the debacle. OTOH, if you want to challenge the system challenge the system, and take the space...)
Garden District is in the process of moving to a new location across from its current outpost at 14th and S Street NW. The location was previously an auto shop and includes a large surface parking lot.
PARK(ing) Day DC is being organized in Washington, DC by ReadysetDC and F1rst-n-R. ReadysetDC is a blog + collection of creative projects aimed at creating awareness of everything amazing in DC, including urban development, culture + art. We seek to be a source of inspiration + a spark for discussion. F1rst-n-R is the web site of Brandon Schmittling and exists to centralize his activity in Washington, DC and specifically the up-and-coming area known as Bloomingdale.
Labels: arts-culture, car culture and automobility, civic engagement, commodification of the public space, progressive urban political agenda, public art, public space management, urban design/placemaking