PARK-(ING) Day 2009 – a Celebration of People & Open Space

PARK-(ING) Day 2009 – a Celebration of People & Open Space

At 6:30 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2009 a small, enthusiastic and slightly crazy group of Architecture for Humanity – Indy members assembled at the corner of Meridian and Washington Streets. By 8:00 a.m. two metered parking spaces had magically transformed into park space and the first International PARK-(ing) day in Indianapolis had begun. Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, PARK-(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant urban human habitat. PARK-(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the metropolitan landscape.” Architecture for Humanity Indianapolis Chapter was excited about hosting this fun, one day annual international event that afforded an opportunity to bring awareness to creatively thinking about how we as Hoosiers can utilize our urban spaces in downtown Indianapolis. This event celebrated and promoted sustainability, civic engagement and environmental awareness. Many thanks to everyone who donated materials, participated or stopped to talk. Hope to see you next year! Parking Day Submitted By: Janet Thomas

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