Crowdsourcing temporary third places on Park(ing) Day
What’s out: Protests demonstrating what you don’t want.
What’s in: Crowdsourcing what you do want.
One perfect example of that is Park(ing) Day, when people who are fed up too many parking spaces and too few third places simply build their own third place on one day each year – on a parking space.
It was started two years ago by Rebar, a collaborative group of creatives (surprised?) in San Francisco. It is now sponsored nationally by the Trust for Public Land (TPL). Participating cities include:
Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Bend, OR; Boston, MA; Charleston, SC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Kenosha, WI; Los Angeles; Louisville, KY; Miami; Minneapolis, MN; Missoula, MT; New Brunswick, NJ; New York City; Pomona, CA; Portland, OR; Providence, RI; Raleigh, NC; Sacramento, CA; St. Louis, MO; St. Paul, MN; Salt Lake City, UT; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Sanford, FL; Seattle, WA; Syracuse, NY; Tampa, FL; Vancouver, WA; Washington, D.C.; Waukegan, IL; West Palm Beach, FL… Internationally, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Valencia, Munich, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Melbourne, Vilnius (Lithuania)… Participation details for each city are listed here. Is your city cool enough to be on the list? If not, it’s simply up to you!
Check out the Park(ing) Day video here.
Thanks for spreading the word, Neil. Should be a great time. Had the local news station contact me this morning about our Sacramento event, and we had a write up in the newspaper as well. Glad to see the media interest!
it would be fun to hang out on the side of the road, as long as you are not homeless that is lol.