Matt here, Andrea’s husband. Thank you all for the birthday wishes a few weeks back! Andrea has graciously allowed me to commandeer her blog for the day to announce:
PARK(ing) Day 2007!
PARK(ing) Day grew out of a temporary public intervention that my art collective, REBAR, created in 2005. Way back then we were interested in exploring the range of possibilities for reprogramming the metered parking space for alternative activities. And, as it turns out, it is apparently NOT illegal in San Francisco County to occupy a metered parking space with something other than a private vehicle.
One of REBAR’s PARKs PARK(ing) Day 2006
In response to the worldwide interest in that original project , REBAR created the first “PARK(ing) Day” in 2006, which included 47 PARKs in 13 cites around the globe, including San Francisco, Berkeley, Cleveland, NYC, London, Glasgow, Manchester, Rio de Janeiro, and others. The Mayor of San Francisco even built a PARK in his parking space!
PARK in SF Mayor Gavin Newsom’s parking spot PARK(ing) Day 2006
This year we are doing it again! On 9/21/07 people around the globe will convert metered parking spaces into temporary public open spaces. So far this year is sizing up to be absolutely HUGE – there will be dozens of PARKs in SF, Berkeley, NYC and LA, and new participants in cities around the world, including Paris, Barcelona, Melbourne, Berlin, Munich and Toronto.
REBAR will be creating the “PARKcycle” a mobile, human-powered public park, which we will pedal around San Francisco, to deliver temporary public space where and when it is needed.
PARKcycle by REBAR
So, I’m writing to ask you to help us spread the word!
If you have a blog, bulletin board, or bullhorn, please tell you friends about PARK(ing) Day. Plus it’s easy to get involved and build a park in your own urban environment!
The goal of PARK(ing) Day is to:
1) inspire people to reconsider the way our streets are used;
2) generate meaningful dialog regarding the planning principles that continue to unsustainably privilege the automobile above other uses of public space,
3) and to put a big smile on your face!
So please, help us spread the word, build a PARK in your local community, or write about it on your blog.
Thanks so much!