What Houston needs: less parking, more parks
September 16, 2016
My San Antonio - We were coal-rolled. A large white truck slowed down beside us in
Rice Village. Because it was PARK(ing) Day, we had turned a parking space near Kelvin
into a mini-park, filling it with plants, chairs, and pavers. As I stood and stepped
into the street, thinking there might be a conversation there, the truck revved its
engine and expelled a thick cloud of exhaust at us before peeling angrily down the
PARK(ing) Day is a response to all this. "It's a catalyst for changing perceptions
about cities and public spaces," writes Adelle Main, who teaches urban design at Texas
Tech University in Houston. Ben Niefield is chair-elect of the local section of the
American Society of Landscape Architects. "PARK(ing) Day allows us to explore what
our urban dynamic could be if we prioritized the pedestrian rather than the car,"
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