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People Taking Charge :3: PARK(ing) For a Day

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With some sod and pockets full of quarters, citizens are upping the square footage of green space in cities. Activists have named September 21 PARK(ing) Day, transforming public parking spots into public parks, complete with grass, trees, and benches. Started in 2005 by the San Francisco-based environmental art/absurdity group Rebar, the idea of claiming public places has spread quickly in just two years. PARK(ing) Day 2007 brought 180 new mini-parks to the world, with citizens in 47 cities taking part. Above, a lending library park created at Market and Duboce in San Francisco.

—Margit Christenson

A San Francisco parking lot transformed into a public park. Photo by Lawrence Cuevas
Photo by Lawrence Cuevas
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