Happy Park(ing) Day

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With the exception of those stories that are already posted, LA Streetsblog will be dark the rest of the day while I complete the Park(ing) Day ride with whoever feels like joining me for part of the ride.

Park(ing) Day is one of my favorite days of the year.  For 364 days a year, I end up reading and writing about many of the amazing things that are happening in Portland, Boulder, Austin, Chicago, San Francisco and, of course, New York.  But for one day of the year, the advocacy world has a singular focus on what’s going on outside of the halls of government and on the street.  Every major city’s advocates take to the streets to reclaim the street in the name of public space and increased parks instead of increased parking.

And in that sense, Los Angeles is second to none.  The creativity and energy of our community is second-to-none and today is our day to shine.  I can’t wait to see what so many of you have done.

To quote a friend of mine who is doing his own amazing Park(ing) Day ride with the Greensters, I’ll see you on the streets!

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