“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.
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)
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….”.
Here is the Weekend Music Schedule
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