Last week, The Space/Movement Project occupied a metered parking space as part of the Park Yourself performance art event, which temporarily liberated parking spaces all around town for human leisure activities. Once rid of the hulking, momentarily abandoned steel boxes (renting the space at absurdly cheap prices), parking spaces can become colorful, joyful extensions of too-crowded sidewalks — here, just as wide as the walk itself.
All of which made for good fun and a mild case of sunburn. But is also makes a point about what constitutes good public space in a city. Size doesn’t matter; the important thing is to craft something that people can cherish — and more often than not, the snug spots are the ones that work best.