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Guerrilla greenery with Park(ing) Day LA

September 19, 2008 | 12:13 pm

It's Park(ing) Day here in our fair burg, where cars are king and open space is hard to come by. Today, though, creative types from all walks of life are commandeering parking spaces and spiffing them up, turning them into the pocket parks of their dreams.

Free_parking Yeah, it's a tiny bit crazy, and of course there's a legal cha-cha, but there's a serious side too. Organizers make an effort to spread out into urban neighborhoods to highlight the dire need for more parks. In some cases, as with this park in Long Beach, Park(ing) Day is credited with inspiring the creation of an actual park. At the very least, the event gets people thinking differently about our paved paradise.

Here's a map of parks going up today, and here's a feel-good story about how a TV shoot for "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" made room for one of today's parks. Still not enough excitement? Then head over to the after-party at the Architecture and Design Museum at 7 p.m.

Just don't forget to feed the meter.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Joy Kwong / Used by permission