It's PARK(ing) Day again, that annual global happening where teams of artists, architects and others take over curbside parking spaces for a day and convert them into open-air lounges, picnic areas and pocket parks.
First launched in 2005 in San Francisco by Rebar, an art and design studio there, it's spread and grown. Per the event's slogan, "Reclaim Your City," the aim is to get people thinking about alternatives to the miles and miles of pavement laid to serve our car culture.
Last year there were 975 "parks" created in 162 cities in 35 countries, including right here in Baltimore. This year, organizers say there'll be 15 or more spaces set up in the city and its suburbs.
UPDATE: PARK(ing) Day really is spreading in Maryland! Staff and volunteers with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy plan to install an "urban wetland," complete with tiny fish pond, in a parking space in front of Easton's town hall.
For more info and other sites around Maryland, go here.