The artsy folks at “Rebar”:http://www.rebargroup.org/ recently converted a 2-hour parking space in San Francisco into a “temporary urban park”:http://www.rebargroup.org/projects/parking/ complete with grass, tree, and park bench. The reason:
bq. One of the more critical issues facing outdoor urban human habitat is the increasing paucity of space for humans to rest, relax, or just do nothing.
bq. For example, more than 70% of San Francisco’s downtown outdoor space is dedicated to the private vehicle, while only a fraction of that space is allocated to the public realm.
Sounds good to me. I’ll be sure to put some change in the meter if I happen past one of these.