Bosom Buddies invented Parking Day

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is looking back at the shows and movies I grew up with and realizing how many of them were filmed in LA. Something I might have watched a million times now takes on a whole new meaning as it becomes a game of recognizing buildings and streets in my neighborhood that were supposed to be New York or Chicago.

Lately, I’ve been really enjoying “The Greatest Event in Television History,” where Adam Scott recreates the opening credits of ’70s sitcoms in these incredible shot-by-shot remakes. And while I was watching the Bosom Buddies remake, I had just noticed that this famous scene takes place on Wilshire Boulevard—on this weekend’s CicLAvia route—when I realized something else.

Bosom Buddies invented Parking Day:

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A few decades later, people in San Francisco began feeding the meters and turning parking spaces into parks for the day. But Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari did it first.

Here are some not-as-great-quality shots of the original:

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The parking space is still there, of course, right out in front of Lafayette Park, on Wilshire between Commonwealth and Hoover. If someone doesn’t turn this particular parking spot into a Bosom Buddies homage this Parking Day, I’ve lost my faith in humanity.

And because you’ve absolutely got to see the whole show now, enjoy:

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