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PARK(ing) Day Takes to the Streets!

Posted By Evelyn Lee On September 25, 2007 @ 12:13 am In Design,Events,Green Transportation,Innovation,News,San Francisco,Urban design | 8 Comments

PARK(ing) Day Takes the World by Storm!, PARK(ing) Day, ReBar, Public Architecture, San Francisco, Jill Fehrenbacher, San Francisco City Hall, mkLotus [1]

Last Friday was Park(ing) Day [2] – the day where San Franciscans and sprawl-fighting citizens around the world reclaimed parking spots [3] to turn them into green spaces! What started as a few grassy plots of sod [3] occupying metered parking spots in San Francisco has blossomed into a world-wide event [4], and this year was a HUGE global success. In San Francisco alone, over 55 parking spaces were occupied by volunteers, government offices, and local businesses. While the parks were a nice divergence from the usual cars that occupy their space, the park that got the most attention was constantly on the move.

ReBar’s [5] Pedal Powered Park distracted drivers, made cyclist stop in their tracks, and attracted as many cell phone cameras as any paparazzi followed celebrity. The parade float-meets-park traveled throughout the city eventually landing in Mayor Gavin Newsom’s parking space at the Capital Building across from Michelle Kaufaman’s MK Lotus [6] house.


Riding on board in the video is fellow Park(ing) Day coordinator, Liz Ogbu of Public Architecture [7]. Rebar [5] provided not only the incredible design, but the necessary pedal power during the day to
Rebar’s [5] movable park merging into traffic.

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/09/25/parking-day-takes-to-the-streets/

[2] Park(ing) Day: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/09/20/parking-day-is-tomorrow/

[3] reclaimed parking spots: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/01/19/how-to-turn-a-parking-space-into-a-park/

[4] world-wide event: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/08/25/parking-day-returns-this-september/

[5] ReBar’s: http://www.rebargroup.org/

[6] MK Lotus: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/09/21/prefab-friday-green-prefab-mklotus-debuts/

[7] Public Architecture: http://www.publicarchitecture.org

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