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 17, 2015

Parking Day is Friday, September 18th

The 2015 edition of the guerrilla art project in San Francisco that sparked the parklet movement is this Friday, September 18th.  There are more than 1,000 projects across more than 100 cities across the globe.

One of the more interesting participants in DC's 20+ installations is Island Press at 2000 M Street because Island Press is one of the largest trade book publishers focused on smart growth, sustainability, and the environment.

And in Pittsburgh, you can get married in a Park(ing) Day spot.

-- Parking Day website
-- article on the second year of Park(ing) Day in San Francisco, "Drop a coin in the meter and enjoy the park," San Francisco Chronicle

-- WBJ article listing Parking Day locations in DC
-- earlier this year, DC Department of Transportation created a streamlined permit application for organizations looking to mount a Parking Day installation
-- a Google News search returns dozens of articles on Park(ing) Day efforts around the world

-- In Philadelphia, the University City Business Improvement District (sponsor of The Porch project at 30th Street Station), did a study of parklet projects, The Case for Parklets: Measuring the Impact on Sidewalk Vitality and Neighborhood Businesses, which challenges the conventional wisdom that parking is the most important element of commercial districts, supporting the patronage of neighborhood businesses.

-- RECLAIMING THE RIGHT-OF-WAY: A Toolkit for Implementing and Designing Parklets, UCLA



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