Chapel Hill Students Transform Metered Parking Into a Community Park For a Day

The annual open-source event brings together citizens, artists, and activists to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces in order to draw attention towards the development of more urban open space. The project originated in 2005 by transforming a single-metered parking space into a temporary public space in an area of San Francisco known for a lack of public open space. After paying the meter for two hours, the PARK(ing) project aims to explore the range of possible activities for a short-term lease on precious space. The project generated a discussion around values generated from a variety of urban public space use, and the project quickly grew into other cities.

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