From Dodger Stadium and the Coliseum all the way to the west side, some of LA’s streets and thoroughfares may look a bit different this coming Friday. Scattered parking spaces will be turned into tiny parks, complete with grass, trees, benches and other attractions, depending on who feeds the meter. Parking Day LA is supposed to dramatize a familiar question: does LA give up too much of its surface area to the automobile?
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In San Francisco two years ago, a group called Rebar descended on a number of parking spaces. They fed money into the meters, rolled out sod, and installed trees and benches. They created pocket parks that lasted until the timers ran out--asserting the claim that dense urban centers need more open space. Last year, the idea spread to thirteen other cities, including New York, London and Rio. Friday of this week has been designated as Parking Day LA.
Image: Flickr via parkingdayla.org
Jennifer Allen, Policy Associate at Livable Places, Co-organizer of Parking Day LA
Joel Kotkin, Chapman University
Angela Brooks, Brooks + Scarpa (@brooksscarpa)
John Chase, City of West Hollywood
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