Last week on PARK(ing) Day, I carved out some time to run around to a few different neighborhoods in San Francisco, enjoying parking spots that were transformed temporarily into miniature parks and pockets of usable public space. While I had planned to get a post up with some pictures much sooner than this, I didn’t even get a hold of the pictures until several days after the fact. Anyway, I hope that you’ll enjoy these additional, albeit tardy, snapshots of this wonderful annual event.
The prize for the wonkiest park(ing) spot may have to go to the San Francisco Planning Department, which set up shop behind Caffe Trieste, at Gough & Market. The Planning Department corner featured a “build your own urban environment” exhibit that even attempted to get visitors excited about transit and the density bonus:
A park(ing) spot of wholly different character in the Tenderloin, featuring bales of hay on Leavenworth between Turk and Golden Gate:
A crowded lunching spot on New Montgomery — and around the corner from that, the park(ing) spot at SPUR’s new Urban Center on Mission Street:
And finally, North Beach, where merchants lost no time in appropriating the extra sliver of captured street space to expand the seating capacity of their cafes and restaurants: