If you're walking through Center City (or a handful of other neighborhoods) tomorrow between 9 am and 5 pm and come across a parking space that's just a little more organic, or even a little crazier, than you might expect, you'll know you're in the midst of the second annual Park(ing) Day in Philadelphia.
The initiative aims to "reclaim parking spots and transform them into engaging, people-friendly public spaces for one day!" Last year, the first year Park(ing) Day was celebrated here (it started in San Francisco in 2005) there were 25 spaces decorated and otherwise upgraded to make statements of one kind or another about public space and the greening thereof. This year it's 30 - while still not a huge percentage of the total spaces in town, that's "170 square feet of public space."
The Park(ing) Day Philadelphia site has a map of the spaces and more info on the project. It will be good to see Philly parking spaces generating smiles and provoking thought instead of generating/provoking fights with our infamous Parking Authority. And it will be good to see more green around town - if only for a day.
ALSO: You may remember the Earth to Philly post, White House farmer's market? Do it! Well, they took our advice and did it! And the first one is tonight! Fantastic. If you're in or arounjd DC, check it out and let us know how it goes!