Last month, San Francisco art collective Rebar converted a downtown parking space into a temporary public park for the day. They installed grass, a bench, and a tree for shade right on the street. From the artists statement:
...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.Link (via Laughing Squid)
Feeding the meter of a parking space enables one to rent precious downtown real estate, typically on a 1/2 hour to 2 hour basis. What is the range of possible occupancy activities for this short-term lease?
PARK(ing) is an investigation into reprogramming a typical unit of private vehicular space by leasing a metered parking spot for public recreational activity...
By our calculations, we provided an additional 24,000 square-foot-minutes of public open space that Wednesday afternoon.