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The Green Life: PARK(ing) Day is Sept. 16. Have You Got a Spot?

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September 15, 2011

PARK(ing) Day is Sept. 16. Have You Got a Spot?

There may be fewer available parking spots in cities around the world this Friday, but don’t be alarmed. It’s for a good cause.

Sept. 16 is PARK(ing) Day, an annual grassroots event that encourages urban dwellers to celebrate public spaces and to convert, if only for a day, parking spaces into mini parks. The goal is to get people taking about how public space is created and allocated.

PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 with one parking space. The brains at Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, thought it up but the event has since evolved into a global movement. Last year's event saw 850 "parks" in 183 cities spread over 30 countries and six continents.

While you noodle on what your PARK(ing) Day creation will be, enjoy the above video, which is of Rebar’s original 2005 project.

--Joshua Marx

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