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Guest Article: PARK(ing) Day and Portland’s future for public space

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Parking Day-16

Downtown Portland needs more of this.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

This is a guest article by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman.

This year’s PARK(ing) Day has come and gone, but to those who had a hand in the event or just took advantage of the day-long parklet on SW Stark, it was a happy memory and an example of what a public space can truly be in Portland. It was a day filled with friendly conversations, strangers uniting over a game of ping-pong, and citizens enjoying a place to work or eat their lunch. For me, I consider it a great accomplishment, and passing the street today seems bleak by comparison.
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