September 6, 2010
A Grass-Roots Charity Parks It Anywhere to Reclaim Green Space
Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Five years ago, a San Francisco art and design studio temporarily transformed a metered parking space into a public park—complete with a potted tree, a patch of grass, and a bench—as a way to advocate for more green spaces. That peaceful protest has since sparked an international movement, with volunteers creating 700 temporary “parks” in 140 cities in 21 countries, according to the studio.
The design studio, Rebar, continues to oversee the mostly volunteer
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