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.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Park(ing) Day

I didn't manage to get out and check out various Park(ing) Day installations across the city and metropolitan area.  Washington Business Journal has a gallery of photos and a short article.

Parking Day started in 2005 in San Francisco and sparked the parklet movement, which has become institutionalized in many communities.  The idea was to challenge our taking it for granted thinking about how cities use a majority of their public space for car storage.  Park(ing) Day is held the third Friday of September.

I still think that such installations could be better used to promote systematic structural improvements in urban public space and civic design and parks policy and practice, but that will have to wait til sometime in the future.

-- news coverage from around the country
Image from the Gray Matters blog at Georgia Tech, 2011.

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