When I was a kid getting endlessly dragged around places like Price Club and football games and tailgate parties and the grocery store, I would think about how, if I had to, I could make parts of the places where I was at into a living space in the case of some catastrophic event like war or fires or flood or alien invasion. I would look around at what was available and think about what I would use for furniture and bedding and think about just how I would reorder the space into a living space. I also thought a lot about what I would do if I got marooned on a desert island. I remember putting things in my backpack that would be handy in case of an emergency if I ever got stranded in some remote place.
I don't know if it was because of the books I read, or because we went camping a lot, or because my neighborhood friends and I would build forts all the time from blankets and chairs and other found materials....I'm pretty sure I thought about this sort of thing A LOT, because I can still go into stores in Tempe that I got taken to as a kid and I will involuntarily remember exactly what my plans for the space were.
So I love the idea of Parking Day. Summed up really quickly, I think it's just a day to think differently about how we use space. We have given so much space over to cars in our country, but of course there are other ways to get around and we really need to think about those other methods. Trains, biking, walking!
Parking Day 2012 is this coming Friday, September, 21st.
Here are images from Parking Day 2011, across the street from City Hall in Phoenix.
If you are in these photos, please copy and keep them and link to me if you use them online.
David brought cupcakes. I remember I got one, but then ended up giving it to someone and never got to taste it. :(
Courtney's park was inspired by Willy Wonka.
I've been dreaming up what kind of Parking Day space I would create for Parking Day 2012.. Hmmmm....I have this really cool looking yellow and white, vintage-y lounge chair and I have lots and lots of sidewalk chalk - which could both come be good for Parking Day.
If I can, I am going to make a space, but if I don't have time, I am definitely going to visit other people's spaces.