Introducing the "Parklet"

The streetscape of San Francisco is changing, one tiny piece at a time. Planners are slowly taking over pieces of the streets and turning them into tiny "parklets" for pedestrians.
March 19, 2010, 12pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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Mayor Gavin Newsom opened the new parklet earlier this week, a sidewalk extension in front of a café on Divisadero St.

Matthew Roth writes, "The new trial parklet was built into the space formerly occupied by two parked vehicles, providing several hundred square feet of public space and benches, tables, planters and bike racks.

"This is a change in philosophy and how we think of the public rights-of-way," said Department of Public Works Director Ed Reiskin, who noted that approximately 25 percent of the public space in San Francisco is taken up by streets."

Thanks to Matthew Roth

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Published on Thursday, March 18, 2010 in Streetsblog San Francisco
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