Wednesday, September 7, 2011

PARK(ing) Day Is Sept. 16

Anyone locally taking part in PARK(ing) Day this year? It's Friday, Sept. 16. PARK(ing) Day is a annual global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places or mini-parks.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. Until the meter runs out, anyway.

Here's more info on PARK(ing)day. Let me know if you're taking part and I'll get someone to come take some pictures of your PARK(ing) spot for use in SRTC's everyday activities. If you're okay with that, of course.

3 comments:

todd said...

I'm curious if this is illegal as defined in Spokane's Municiple Code? Illegal for a person (not a vehicle) to occupy a parking spot which was established to maintain a turnover of the limited on-street parking spaces available.

SRTC Staff said...

Some of the transportation folks around the area have been having that conversation on and off all day @todd. Technically, you're supposed to move your car when the meter expires. So one person was looking into getting a permit to occupy a parking spot all day. Another suggested putting a display on a flatbed truck and moving it from spot to spot. A very creative way to get around the issue.

SRTC Staff said...

Forgot to add that I'm not sure how strictly the rule is enforced locally about moving your car when the meter expires.

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