Parklets

February 6, 2013, 9am PST
With the opening last weekend of the city's first pilot parklet in the neighborhood of Eagle Rock, Los Angeles is hoping to join the ranks of cities hopping on the low-cost trend in public space creation.
The Architect's Newspaper
Blog post
October 17, 2012, 11am PDT

These are heady times for public space advocates. At long last the promotion of streets, sidewalks, parks and playgrounds has become part of the eminent design and development dialogue, and with it hopefully the recognition of the needs and rights of the user.

This certainly is the situation in California where the approval of parklets, and other smaller scaled, vest pocket, public projects are being hotly pursued, and in other cities where the noble if not naive Occupy movement raised the profile and purpose of public space.

Sam Hall Kaplan
October 17, 2012, 10am PDT
Sustainable real estate developer, A-P Hurd asks some fundamental questions about the on-street parking in her Seattle neighborhood and concludes that residents should be able to do more than park cars with the spots in front of their homes.
The Atlantic Cities
September 21, 2012, 1pm PDT
First appearing in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day aims to call attention to the need for more urban open space by taking over parking spots and re-purposing them as temporary public spaces. Today it is being celebrated across the world.
The New York Times
August 28, 2012, 10am PDT
With the global success of the city's homegrown "parklets" program firmly established, the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is hosting a series of "urban prototyping" festivals in S.F. in the hopes of finding the next DIY superstar.
The Atlantic Cities
August 21, 2012, 1pm PDT
With only one parklet completed in the city thus far, L.A. has its work cut out to catch its pioneering northern neighbor San Francisco, and their 40 parklets. By the end of this week, however, the city hopes to have the ball rolling.
Streetsblog LA
August 5, 2012, 9am PDT
As they wait for construction materials to arrive, the race is on to see which of Chicago's two permitted parklets, which the CDOT calls "People Spots," will be the city's first to be completed.
The Architect's Newspaper
July 16, 2012, 5am PDT
As the number of completed parklets in San Francisco nears three dozen, after debuting only two years ago, "the latest trend in urban placemaking" has entered the planning mainstream without losing its grassroots origins.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 29, 2012, 12pm PDT
Economist David Birch coined the term "gazelle" to refer to small businesses that double their size every four years. Charlie Gandy says these gazelles are incredibly useful when it comes to placemaking.
Project For Public Spaces
January 1, 2012, 11am PST
Parklets are a new urban trend spreading to cities all over the world. It's an idea born in San Francisco, and the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>'s John King takes a tour of each of the city's new mini-parks
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2011, 11am PDT
Warren Karlenzig pays San Francisco a visit to tour its 15 "parklets", tiny urban public spaces carved out of underused road space or a couple of parking lots.
GreenFlow
August 19, 2011, 11am PDT
John King of The San Francisco Chronicle examines the installation of mobile planters around the Yerba Buena District in San Francisco; part of a 10-year revitalization initiative to bring new meaning and boundaries surrounding public space.
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 4, 2011, 7am PDT
Philadelphia is opening its first "parklet" -- a small public park space built on street parking spaces.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 15, 2011, 11am PDT
Parking spaces in San Francisco are being repurposed as small patio-like park spaces and out door seating areas. John King of the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> looks at how they've become part of the city.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 29, 2011, 12pm PDT
Imported from Europe, parklets transform parking spaces into inviting public spaces. They are flourishing in San Francisco, and are poised to invade other cities across the country.
California Planning & Development Report
May 23, 2011, 5am PDT
The Actual Cafe in Oakland, California proudly opened an extension of their space last Wednesday into a parking space, creating a parklet for customers. Later that evening, someone stole the whole thing.
Oakland Local
May 11, 2011, 10am PDT
Andres Power, an urban designer for the San Francisco Planning Department, is the driving force behind the city's now-popular Pavement to Park program. Streetsblog's Bryan Goebel sat down to talk with him about the process.
Streetsblog
March 25, 2011, 6am PDT
The City of San Francisco is expanding its program of "parklets" -- small public patio-like spaces built on parking spots.
The San Francisco Examiner
September 3, 2010, 5am PDT
Heather Smith talks with urban designer Andres Power about his work creating parklets within the San Francisco Planning Department.
Metropolis Magazine
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