Dave Reid

PARK(ing) Day Comes to Milwaukee

By - Sep 15th, 2010 10:17 am
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“The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!”

PARK(ing) Day: User-Generated Urbanism from Brandon Bloch on Vimeo.

PARK(ing) Day takes place on September 17th, 2010 and is quite simply a public space intervention. In over 100 cities on four continents urbanists will be reclaiming public space, parking spots, for public use.  They may setup a park, a public art display, or even a ping pong table, but the goal is to show how we can better utilize our public space to create a higher quality urban environment.

This year we’ll be adding Milwaukee to the list of cities fighting for more creative use of public space this year.  The hope with our spot is to encourage the City of Milwaukee to start looking at parking spaces differently. For example, if a local business wanted to create a parklet by expand their cafe seating into a parking spot, or a cafe wanted to install on-street bike parking to create an amenity for their customers, roadblocks wouldn’t be placed in their way.  In both of these cases a change in how parking spaces are viewed will be required, and the City of Milwaukee will need to find ways to make these installations legal and affordable for business owners.  But it is these small “city comforts” that help make a city unique so it is important for the City of Milwaukee to explore these new options.

On-street Bike Parking in Portland, OR

On-street Bike Parking in Portland, OR

To find out more about PARK(ing) Day or just say hi, come visit us between noon and 2 pm on Milwaukee St. near Mason this Friday. If you’re interested in partaking in the fun with us, bring a chair, there will be plenty of room.

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11 thoughts on “PARK(ing) Day Comes to Milwaukee”

  1. Thrilled to see this get off the ground in Milwaukee. Great location. Thanks you guys. I will be on the look out for the parklets in NYC on Friday. Sorry I will miss you, but will tweet any examples I come across. Have fun!

  2. Dave Reid says:

    @Juli Thanks we’ll have a simply setup, you’ll see some great ones in NYC… Next year it would be great to get a group involved to do something a little more creative.

  3. Chris says:

    Very cool. I’ll certainly try to swing by. And yes, let’s do something special next year.

  4. Dave Reid says:

    @Chris Great thanks..

  5. Nick Aster says:

    I’m a big fan of parking day! Been following it in SF since the early days. Happy to see people spreading the word.

  6. Dave Reid says:

    @Nick well stop by… we’ll just have simple setup but something to build on.

  7. aaron says:

    sounds like a liability for the City…do you have insurance? I’d hate to see a park’er’ get hit.

  8. Jeff Jordan says:

    I look forward to the event. It’s sounds very cool.

  9. Bill Sell says:

    For PARK(ing) in Milwaukee. See http://www.insitemilwaukee.org/Archive/Bayview_Summer_2007.htm

    Bay View spring 2007. The photo of PARK(ing) is near the bottom of this page.

    Bill

  10. Dave Reid says:

    @Bill Yeah I need to update that as I was notified of this error, this week.. But in fact the first parking day was sponsored by IN:SITE, but not in 2007, it was 2006 on Vilet Street.

  11. Dave Reid says:

    To clarify: IN:SITE has done two PARK(ing) projects in Milwaukee in the past. You can find them in the archives on the IN:SITE website. One on Vliet Street (2006) and one in Bay View (2007)…

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