Posted: Sep 20, 2013 5:36 AM by Elaina O'Connell, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA - In cities around the world Friday, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of the annual event, "PARK(ing) Day."
The event was originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio. PARK(ing) Day said it challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure.
"In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution," Rebar's Matthew Passmore said. "The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat.PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape."
MU's Parks, Recreation & Tourism Graduate Student Association will create a mini park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday by transforming two metered parking spaces on Hitt Street, between the MU Student Center and Agriculture Building, with sod, plants and outdoor furniture. Students will educate visitors about the importance of parks and will distribute trail maps, tree brochures and other park-related information.
Since 2005, the project has grown into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2012 included more than 1,000 "PARK" installations in more than 160 cities in 35 countries on six continents. This year, the project plans to continue to expanding to urban centers across the globe.
More information regarding globalPARK(ing) Day activities and a global map of all participating cities are available on the PARK(ing) Day website.
Posted 5:53 PM 11/21/2015 by Luke Slabaugh, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
COLUMBIA - The dust is settling on one of the most eventful Novembers mid-Missouri has seen.
Implications are abound for MU in its recruiting of students and athletes in the wake of the events on campus that garnered it national attention - in particular, the (More)
Posted 5:39 PM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police said an officer has shot and killed a man during a struggle over the officer's gun.
Police on Thursday identified the man who was killed as 23-year-old Magnum E. Phillips, of Springfield. Police said in a news release that the shooting (More)
Posted 5:34 PM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
FORT LEONARD WOOD (AP) — Fort Leonard Wood dished out more than five tons of turkey for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
The south-central Missouri installation said in a news release that it celebrated the holiday with a traditional meal served in (More)
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Posted 2:08 PM 11/26/2015 by Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Reporter and Nicole Cooke, Sedalia Democrat Reporter
COLUMBIA - A fire in Sedalia gutted two homes and heavily damaged at lest two others Thursday on the 500 block of 4th Street. Dramatic pictures and video from the scene show flames and heavy smoke.
No one was injured in the fire, according to Sedalia Fire (More)
Posted 1:55 PM 11/26/2015 by Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA – An expected 650 people were fed a full Thanksgiving meal today thanks to the annual “Everybody Eats” program.
There were 59 turkeys and 11 hams prepared the day before Thanksgiving to feed the crowd, head chef Bill Sullivan said.
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Posted 12:09 PM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police said an officer shot and killed a man during a struggle over the officer's gun.
Police on Thursday identified the man who was killed as 23-year-old Magnum E. Phillips, of Springfield. Police said in a news release that the shooting happened (More)
Posted 10:31 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Arrests for drunken boating on Missouri waterways have fallen by 63 percent since the Missouri State Water Patrol merged with the Highway Patrol.
State records show that arrests for boating while intoxicated fell from 352 in 2010, the last year before the merger, to (More)
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Posted 10:22 AM 11/26/2015 by Annisa Budiman, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - As people are preparing for their Thanksgiving feast, shoppers are planning to get the best deals for Black Friday. Many stores are again starting Black Friday sales early on Thursday this year.
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Posted 9:40 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - An early morning fire broke out in a house at 6399 Old Village Road Thursday.
Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said a couch caught fire in the living room, causing smoke and heat damage throughout the room. The woman living there and her two dogs were able to escape without injury.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.