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September 18, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Park(ing) day reclaims the street for pedestrians

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Walking around the city, we’re taught not to step off the sidewalk. The asphalt belongs to the cars. But, does it?
Today activists across Seattle are making the case that it also belongs to people, turning 40 parking spots into pedestrian-friendly spaces as part of Park(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event aimed at rethinking the use of public space.
In Capitol Hill, Isaac Cohen and Kym Buzdygon played a game of “Guess Who” while a passerby made a move on a giant chess game. Downtown park(ings) featured a bowling alley and bocce courts.
“It’s about saying that we don’t have to give the street to cars,” said Robert Ketcherside, a member of Feet First, the non profit group that coordinated the event locally and helped participants obtain city permits.

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