Apparently last Friday was Park(ing) Day in San Francisco and other cities around the United States.
(Saturday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but that’s besides the point).
PARK(ing) Day is “Originally created by Rebar, San Francisco art and design collective, PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.
Anyone can participate in PARK(ing) Day, though it is strictly a non-commercial project, intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play.”
I actually think this has scientific merit, as well as artistic; it explores the idea and promotes awareness of conservation and living with Nature and one’s natural surroundings, and how “living green” probably will require some dramatic changes, not just bringing a recycled bag to the grocery store (although that’s a good start).
Associate Press story