LiveBaltimore is claiming a metered parking spot in front of its downtown office in the 300 block of N. Charles Street to create a temporary park as part of Park(ing) Day today, from 12 to 2 p.m., and it’s throwing a good old-fashioned birthday party in the “park” to celebrate 15 years of showcasing Baltimore as a great place to live. LiveBaltimore invites all city lovers to stop by during lunch to play Pin the Tail on the Donkey, wear a party hat, and devour a piece of birthday cake.
Park(ing) Day was created in 2005 to encourage people all over the globe to rethink the way cities are designed. It’s based on the premise that even one-day, temporary changes—like parks in parking spots—can go a long way in conveying what change can look like and inspire thought and creativity.
“Park(ing) Day is the perfect fit for Live Baltimore to kick off several events celebrating our 15th year. This international event connects people with potential that can transform spaces for the better. Much like our work connecting people with city neighborhoods, which can transform our city for the better. And it’s reason enough for us to have a little party for our supporters and city lovers!” says Steven Gondol, executive director of Live Baltimore. “We’re always experimenting with new ways to further our mission of sharing why BaltimoreCity is a great place to live.”
During the spring 2012 homebuying season, Live Baltimore launched the popular “What We Love” social media campaign focused solely on what residents love about city life, in their own words. The campaign received nearly 200 photo booth testimonials and hundreds of entries via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
In April and August, Live Baltimore took its office on the road and created Neighborhood Pop-Up Events in six up-and-coming neighborhoods. At the pop-ups, the group connected homebuyers to the most valuable resources in the home search: neighborhoods and people who already live there. Through walking tours, five-minute neighborhood presentations, and conversations with neighbors, homebuyers got to experience the true colors of the neighborhoods.
Live Baltimore sells the well-known yellow “I Love City Life” bumper stickers and produces twice-annual “Buying Into Baltimore” $4,000 homebuying incentive event.
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