SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - On Normal Street in Hillcrest Friday, things were anything but normal. Tim Henderson and his colleagues were checking email in the street.
"Just a minute ago, we had a meeting out here," he says while pointing to an assortment of chairs. He and his co-workers at KTUA, a landscape architecture and planning firm, set up a little home office in a spot usually occupied by 3 to 4 parked cars. The space was decorated with plants and patio furniture.
Welcome to “Park(ing) Day 2017,” billed as a worldwide event where artists and designers transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. The event ran Friday from 9AM – 3PM, with several downtown businesses also taking park.
"We're in a ‘car-centric’ world, we always have to supply places for cars,” Tim explained. “We're making a statement: during some part of the year, you can come out into a space not being used for cars -- and have a park!"
Henderson and his work buddies barbecued in the parking spots and even roasted s’mores.
Parking is at a premium in Hillcrest, but Henderson said nobody seemed to mind them taking up the spots. In fact, he said drivers had been slowing down to catch a glimpse at the “front yard” they created on the street.
“They love it,” he said.