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, September 20, 2012

Don't forget Park(ing) Day is tomorrow, Friday Sept. 21st, all around the US and elsewhere

Check the national website: Park(ing) Day; to find out about activities in your community.
Daniel Pelt enjoys Rebar's momentary park on Howard Street.
One of the initial Park(ing) Day events in San Francisco, 2006.  Laura Morton: San Francisco Chronicle, from "Drop a coin in the meter and enjoy the park."

The first Park(ing) Day was in in San Francisco, put on by the art-design collective, Re:bar.  The parklet programs in cities such as SF, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Vancouver, BC have antecedents in this action, so who says you can't effect change?

In DC, the Casey Trees organization will be sponsoring a Park(ing) Day event at 12th and G Streets NW in Downtown DC, which will be going on from 8am to 6pm.
casey trees park(ing) day schematic
Casey trees park(ing) day schematic.

And there are many events going on in Baltimore tomorrow as well--I am going to try to get to both places.  See "Planning, architecture and landscape architecture firms can show their chops with Parking Day: Baltimore edition courtesy of Floura Teeter."

In Richmond, Virginia, the Virginia chapter of the American Planning Association will be doing some Park(ing) Day actions, although they haven't specified exactly where.  See this piece from the Richmond Times-Dispatch to find out more.

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