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Park(ing) Day helps us rethink public space

PHOENIX -  

WHAT THE?
Parking spaces were swapped for green community areas for Phoenix's 9th Annual Park(ing) Day. 

THE DOWNLOAD
Park(ing) Day is a nationwide event that occurs on the third Friday in September. This year, groups decorate their parking spots at 1st Avenue and Washington Street in Downtown Phoenix from 7 to 10 a.m. Sunflowers, a farmer's market bookmobile mobile were just a few of the exhibits. The bookmobile parking space invited people to grab a book and stay for a read, or grab some chalk, and decorate the parking space with flowers for an asphalt garden. At another spot, you may have met Argenis Hurtado, who has been interviewing DACA recipients for more than a year as part of the 'Visualizing Immigrant Phoenix' research project and is open to speaking about the struggles of immigrants on the government program, hoping to give them a voice. Park(ing) Day is not anti-car, as organizer Stacey Champion says. Instead, it's pro-people, bringing awareness to how we use public space. 


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