Humans Take Over S.F. Parking Spaces

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What better way to get San Franciscans' attention than to take away their parking spaces -- lots of them.

In San Francisco and across the nation people are celebrating PARK(ing) Day today, which means they've done their best to convert perfectly good metered parking spaces into parks, offices, or whatever use comes to mind.

Well there's one way to get people out of their cars.

The annual event is meant to get people to consider just how much urban space is dedicated to cars.

The local experiment started in 2005 when Matthew Passmore, 41, and a small team from his design studio Rebar converted a parking stall on Mission Street in downtown into a park for as long as the paid meter would allow.

"It was an experiment to get people to consider how much of our city is dedicated to automobiles and how little of it is for people to socialize," Passmore told SF Weekly.

The concept exploded. Last year, 850 parks were created in 150 cities.

Follow some of our city's most dedicated PARK(ing) Day participants on SF Weekly's Exhibitionist  blog.

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