Park[ing] Day LA is a guerrilla protest that’s creative, fun, and socially relevant — in other words, tailor-made for Metblogs. And it’s coming around again, for the third year, this September 18. So what is Park[ing] Day LA? As its organizers explain here, people all around Los Angeles will turn metered parking spaces into miniature parks, by feeding the meters and, instead of parking their cars in the spaces, well, take a look at the website and you’ll get the idea.
I like the cause, as encapsulated in the slogan “Parks Not Parking.” However, the practical side of me has a few questions about this:
1. Is it illegal in Los Angeles to use parking spaces for anything other than parking a vehicle, without special permission?
2. If yes to #1, do the Park[ing] Day LA participants obtain permission to create their mini parks instead of parking their Minis in these spaces?
3. If no to #2, will the police enforce the law by tearing down the parks that people set up, and/or issuing citations to people they catch in the act?
If yes to #3, I have mixed feelings about this. I don’t necessarily think it’s wise or fair to cause the City to expend extra resources during yet another carnival-like event on our public streets. Specifically, whatever you may think of the L.A.P.D., I don’t see how turning their officers into “junk haulers” for a day, and possibly having to incur overtime pay and extra manpower to do so, if that is indeed what will occur, benefits us. On the other hand, if the City lets the parks flourish for the day, then, as my friend who told me about Park[ing] Day LA said, this “seems kind of awesome.” Except, perhaps, for some irritated drivers who may have even more trouble finding parking that day.
What do you think? Does anyone here have experience with these events from previous years?