Park(ing) Day Once Again Sweeps the Globe

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One of our favorite aspects of Park(ing) Day is its international scope. Across the world, people know that street space is public space. Today’s the day they show how it can be re-purposed to provide more than parking. Check out the Park(ing) Day Flickr tag to see some truly impressive curbside installations from places like Krakow, Munich, and San Francisco.

The photos in the slideshow above all come from sites set up by the field offices of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Very cool stuff.

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