A Tale of Two Maps

Park(ing) Day has been one of the most-hyped events in Los Angeles (and on Los Angeles Streetsblog) for years. However, perhaps do in part to CicLAvia as an open streets event or the city’s decision to create pocket parks on its own, the day has lost some of its fizzle. In years past, Streetsblog received literally dozens of press releases announcing temporary parks being created for Park(ing) Day. Sure, Park(ing) Day did get some press in the Times, but I don’t think anyone would say it’s the same as previous years.

Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

Today is Park(ing) Day. The event may not have as many parks as it once did, but it’s still an important day as architecture firms and just regular people show off their creativity to demonstrate a better use for public parking space than just storing people’s cars. If people get us pictures of Park(ing) Day spaces either in the comments section or on twitter, we’ll feature them on Streetsblog LITE.

Here’s the map of Park(ing) spaces that will be open for business today.

While parts of the city celebrates Park(ing) Day, it seems everybody (well, everybody that’s not a tree), is celebrating the arrival of Spaceshuttle Endeavor later today. To create a more festive atmosphere, the airplane portaging Endeavor is scheduled to fly low over several parts of the city and county. By all means, go outside and look to the sky, but you might also want to be careful walking or biking when Endeavor flys by. Doubtless some drivers will be overwhelmed by the site of Endeavor and take their eyes off the road.

For an interactive version of the map, and more on each stop, visit ##http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/09/15_places_to_watch_space_shuttle_endeavours_friday_flyover.php#more##Curbed##


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