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Monday, September 24, 2007

Park(ing) Day 2007: Reclaiming Urban Space With Barnyards, Beautiful Chickens

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 11:07 AM

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If you were wondering why all those plots of makeshift green were invading precious parking spaces in San Francisco last Friday, wonder no more: Park(ing) Day was all about reclaiming urban space, and turning parking spaces into temporary public parks.

But our favorite moralizing foodie, the Ethicurean, took the concept one step further by transforming one space -- on 3rd between Brannan and Bryant -- into a barnyard, complete with bales of hay and a couple of chickens whose "black outlines around their bronze feathers made them look like crocheted lace."

Damn, we never knew chickens could be so beautiful. Do you want to eat them or paint a picture of them?

The idea was to spread the word about sustainable agriculture and pastured vs. factory chickens. And maybe less importantly, but more entertaining: subject the poor chickens to canine assaults.

Check out more Park(ing) Day photos on Flickr.

-- Brian Bernbaum

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