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The District is joining hundreds of cities worldwide today in celebrating Park(ing) Day, when on-street parking spots are turned into the other type of parks.
One of the 22 pop-up parklets in D.C. is in front of Baked & Wired, a Georgetown coffee shop. Owner Tony Velazquez has turned two spots on Thomas Jefferson Street into a tiny but charming park where six or so people can relax before heading off to work.
There are railroad ties for benches and a tin can full of colored chalk. "We want the park to be interactive, and we are allowing people to write messages and draw," he says. There are planters with spring grass, and even a small fence with post and wire that separates park goers from the one-way traffic.
D.C. officials are using the day to kick off the first of the year's official car-free days and to highlight the city's sustainability initiatives.