• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Scenes from Park(ing) Day 2012 [slideshow]



Did you stumble across people coloring flowers, lounging on curvy benches, working at desks, or camping in a parking space on Friday? September 21 was Philadelphia's fifth annual Park(ing) Day, a daylong event when design firms, community groups, and city agencies transform ordinary in-street parking spots into unique, temporary public spaces. This year there were 59 installations, nearly doubling last year's total.

Christine Fisher and I pounded the pavement, visiting about 20 park(ing) spaces across the city. Among our favorites: Pumpkin's new parklet in South Street West, Camp WRT on Market Street, Groundswell's shipping container turned art gallery on Chestnut (bonus points for the Holly Whyte quote border: “The street is the river of life of the city, the place where we come together, the pathway to the center."), the Water Department and Community Design Collaborative's Soak it Up Cafe by Reading Terminal, and a "color garden" of paper plate flowers on 17th Street.

Check out selections from our Park(ing) Day tour in the slideshow above. Photographer Gary Reed, a frequent Eyes on the Street Flickr contributor, hit up Germantown's collection of Park(ing) Day installations and shared his shots with us (below).


About the author

Ashley Hahn, Editor, Eyes on the Street

Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign.

Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

Find Ashley on twitter @ashleyjhahn.


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