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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

(Park)ing Day offers New Orleans a glimpse into a responsible, urban future

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 1:47 PM

The design that RIDE, Bike Easy and RUBARB will actualize on (Park)ing Day NOLA, Oct. 4. - RIDE NEW ORLEANS
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  • The design that RIDE, Bike Easy and RUBARB will actualize on (Park)ing Day NOLA, Oct. 4.

(Park)ing Day NOLA
is an entire day in New Orleans dedicated to squinting your eyes and seeing what the city's streets could be, with the help of local artists, designers and ordinary Joes. The city joins the international event Oct. 4 on Julia Street by transforming metered parking spots into temporary mini parks. 

(Park)ing day will coincide with Arts for Arts' Sake to activate public spaces and advocate for our shared, urban environment. With the help of the Downtown Development District, the Tulane City Center and the New Orleans Arts District, a selection committee chose designs for seven by 20 feet and seven by 40 feet parking spots and granted artists and community members $1,000 to actualize their proposed designs. 

RIDE New Orleans teamed up with Bike Easy and RUBARB, and over the next two weekends the trifecta is looking for volunteers to help with its design, the Swing and Saddle Shop, a creative resting spot for commuters of all kinds. The design also includes a "peep show" to reveal the future of New Orleans streets. If you're interested in lending your building, painting, welding and other artistic or heavy-lifting-type talents, click here to sign up to help build. They also need people to staff the site on (Park)ing Day itself, and to help facilitate an art lesson for young people.

Here are some images from past (Park)ing Day NOLA projects. 

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