Friday was the annual Park(ing) Day, where people all over the world take over parking spots and turn them into temporary parklets, giving over a little of the streets to the enjoyment of people instead of just another parking spot.
Because of work I got a late start checking out the parklets, but I managed to visit most of the 10 around Oakland. Two of them are more permanent parklets outside of Farley's East and Manifesto Bikes, so they have a definite advantage in getting set up. But I was impressed with the temporary parklets I saw, especially the one outside the main Oakland Public Library. They had lots of seating, plants, free books for kids and cheap books for sale, and they had even laid down sod!