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Precious D.C. Parking Spaces Turned Into Mini Parks

2010 Parking Day means less space for cars in favor of temporary green space

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    Precious D.C. Parking Spaces Turned Into Mini Parks
    Miranda Smyre, NBCWashington.com
    The corner of 14th and S streets served as a site for PARKing Day 2009.

    Thousands of drivers park their cars in metered spaces in D.C., but it may be even harder for them to find a space in the District of Columbia today.

    Today is Park(ing) Day DC, an event where activists, artists and citizens temporarily transform those parking spaces into temporary green spaces. 

    It began in 2005 as a project in downtown San Francisco. The original mini-park was intact for two hours, the maximum allowed time on the meter.

    The mission of Park(ing) Day is to call attention to the lack of green space in urban areas. Organizers also want to generate debate on how urban green space is allocated and created.

    On Park(ing) Day 2009, there were 700 mini-parks in 21 countries across six continents. Today, you'll likely find fewer parking spaces on 11th Street NW and on Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn.