Miranda Smyre, NBCWashington.com
As part of the nationwide art installation/urban protest, planners of PARK(ing) Day D.C. turned part of a parking lot into a park with a volleyball net, lawn furnuture and transplanted sod.
At the launch, our camera-happy mayor put on his pedestrian advocate hat and asked: "Who said that every single street that’s paved has to be a street that has a priority exclusively for automobiles? I mean, who decided that? And when was that decided? And why not take a look at that and reconsider those decisions?"
Yeah! Yeah! Anyway, the takeaway from the launch is that 1) there'll be a whopping total of 12 new Pavement to Parks projects this year — counting the six still pending on the group's website, that means six additional unannounced pavement interventions. A lot of the work going into these projects is donated: Shift Design Studio did Guerrero Park pro bono, for example, while Streetsblog's main financial supporter is footing the bill for the 22nd Street parklet.
· Mayor Newsom Announces 12 New Pavement to Parks Projects for 2010 [Streetsblog]
· Even More Plazas and 'Parklets' Planned From North Beach to Noe [Curbed SF]
· The Beefier, More Permanent Future of the 17th Street Plaza [Curbed SF]