Friday, April 21, 2006

Guerrilla Park(ing)

I found this very interesting example on the net of people protesting the privitization of space in San Fran. On the plus their emphasis on habitat for simply relaxing or doing nothing reasserts the use value of space. Unfortunately they decided to use meters for some reason. Although it was most likely a kind of comedic device, it felt like even in their display the naturalization of paying for interacting with space found its way in.

Here is an excerpt:

"One of the more critical issues facing outdoor urban human habitat is the increasing paucity of space for humans to rest, relax, or just do nothing.

For example, more than 70% of San Francisco's downtown outdoor space is dedicated to the private vehicle, while only a fraction of that space is allocated to the public realm."

The website can be found by clicking here.


Blogger naomi said...

These guys sure are creative! Although I’m not surprised they incorporated the parking meters; just goes to show there really is very little “free” public green space left. We talked about this briefly in ANT364 (Environment & Globalization) when Prof Jermyn pointed out that all the best land is owned by the rich and powerful and the public’s ability to use it depends on whether or not we can afford to pay for it… or on their generosity. Case in point: Billionaire Donald Trump recently donated 436 acres of prime real estate to the city of New York for the creation of a new state park. The (eponymous, of course) park offers a "much-welcomed addition of green space" in a city where skyrocketing real estate prices increasingly preclude most New Yorkers from owning land.

4/23/2006 5:02 PM  

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