Happy PARK(ing) Day!

“Remember, as you go through the days events, that you are acting in the public interest.
Be generous and kind. Welcome strangers. Change minds. Listen to critiques.
Encourage thought about how cities are made. Have fun.
Clean up after yourselves.
Consider sweeping the whole block because, after all, the city belongs to you.” …from PPS

These words were gleaned from a website blog I subscribe to called Policy for Public Spaces (PPS). They have been helping to transform cities into more people friendly spaces since roughly the early 1970’s.

Are these nine cars parked along Main Street in Ashland the best use of this particular space? Notice the pedestrian with her dog already claiming the space for people not cars. This space is large enough for 20-25 outdoor artisan spaces.

Today, Friday, September 16th is official PARK(ing) Day. This is a cool, cool concept. People on bikes or on foot take over parking spaces and turn the space into a park like setting, or simply a space more fit for a healthy world. A day of utopian thoughts turned into action. To me, this is such a beautiful thing. This is our reality… this is such an integral part of the paradigm change we have been trying to wrap our heads around for so long. Taking our public spaces back for the use of people rather than storage space for our steel dinosaurs. Here is a great article in the Smithsonian about this movement (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Parking-Days-Roadside-Attraction.html)

A creative example of random "PARK(ing) Day" event in Minneapolis. (Image from Smithsonian Magazine online. Click photo for acticle)

We live in an exciting time. Change is happening. We simply must understand that voting is not all you are required to do as a participant in democracy. I wish I would have seen this day coming a few weeks ago. Oh well, celebrate the concept in your collective mental vessel and ready yourselves to action next year. Little by little we collect the ideas and act on those ideas to change the world. Little by little we shift the paradigm. When enough minds make the abstract into real vision through action then you reach a tipping point and the old seems so far away in the distant past. We look back after the struggle and proclaim,”no duhhh….”.

Transforming an abandoned alley into a vibrant open air artisans market. Imagine the possibilities...

Here is the Weekend Music Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 17

11:30 – 1:30     Rod Petrone

3:00 – 5:00     Shybo

Sunday, Sept. 18

11:30 – 1:30     Tim Church

3:00 – 5:00     Guitano del Norte

About LithiaArtisansMarket

We are a collective of artists, artisans, and musicians who gather along Ashland Creek during the sunny months of the year to sell our wares, dance to the sounds, and share in the abundance of life. Saturdays from 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am - 5:00pm, April 14th through November 15th. Two sets of live, original music each day. 40 local and regional artisans selling their unique creations.
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2 Responses to Happy PARK(ing) Day!

  1. artzytwo says:

    Great blog……..really like your ideas regarding taking back some space for art, beauty and people!

  2. Kample says:

    Each and every one of your pieces crteead for this challenge had me swooning!! Oh my goodness, you really outdid yourself with your bead soup. I’m IN LOVE with that necklace with the embroidered/wood pendant. SO COOL!! You blew me away with all the beauty you crteead, really.

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