Would you sacrifice your parking stall for a park? | Weird
We've been staring at this story all day and can't get over how interesting it is. The mayor of Ithaca, New York, Svante Myrick, replaced his parking stall with a park.
The spot is "reserved for the Mayor - and friends" and is perfect for chats and lounging. The Mayor posted a photo of the mini-park to his Facebook where he's hanging out with citizens.
After Svante Myrick, 25, became the youngest-ever mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., he gave up his car to join the estimated 15 percent of his city’s residents who walk to work. As mayor, however, Myrick has a prime downtown parking spot reserved for his exclusive use. So instead of letting it stand empty, last week he began to, as he put it, “turn the Mayor’s parking space into a park space.” - Sarah Laskow, Grist
A similar project was attempted in Spokane two years ago, but it was shut down after complaints. During the national event, Park(ing) Day, numerous Coeur d'Alene businesses attempted make-shift parks along the street which were reportedly successful.
The next Park(ing) Day is organized for Friday, September 21st, so it's not too late to start organizing your park. Curious minds wonder if Spokane Mayor David Condon or Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem would attempt a park in their parking stalls.