PARK(ing) Day Comes to Milwaukee
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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 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.
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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.