Friday, September 21, 2012

iPhone 5 + Park(ing) Day

SHADYSIDE -- Two intertwined events on Walnut Street in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood:  the release of the iPhone 5 and this year's Park(ing) Day.

Why do people wait in line for each new iPhone? Don't they know they're being manipulated? Don't they have anywhere else to be for a huge chunk of hours on a regular old working Friday? Whatever. They came, they waited, they bought.

Just outside Shadyside's Apple Store, a couple of this year's Park(ing) Day participants set up shop. What is Park(ing) Day?

"PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into 'PARK(ing)' spaces:  temporary public places. . . The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!"

These folks set up a temporary dog park in 3 parking spaces: