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The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to further the debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. Inexpensive curbside parking encourages increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution. In the parking impacted Second District, the day offers an opportunity to envision our community through a different set of priorities based on open space rather than cars, during a period of the day when parking is available and most residents are working. In the past, PARK(ing) Day installations occurred in Retro Row and the East Village, but we hope other corridors and groups will create their own vision for Long Beach.
The Office of Sustainability has created a great webpage with links, helpful tips and visual examples of PARK(ing) Day projects such as free bicycle repair shops, chess tournaments, lemonade stands, art galleries, free health clinics, urban farming and drought tolerant landscaping. To learn more about PARK(ing) Day and how you might participate, go to http://www.sustainablelb.com/ or call Tiffany Chen, Sustainability Assistant at (562) 570-6396.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact Vice Mayor Lowenthal at (562) 570-6684 or firstname.lastname@example.org should you have questions on this, or any other city-related matter.
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