Pocket Parks

December 17, 2015, 6am PST
A local non-profit recently announced funding for the development of five public green spaces in the coming year. The projects represent incremental progress toward a larger, shared vision.
Indystar
September 11, 2014, 8am PDT
San Francisco Chronicle Architecture Critic John King reviews, and celebrates, the recent string of small projects that reclaim public space in the city, calling them "modest works of true ambition."
San Francisco Chronicle
October 2, 2013, 9am PDT
Before its launch, a skeptic in car-crazy L.A. might have wondered whether a pilot program to transform parking spaces into pocket parks would have much success. But, to the delight of backers, the parklets have been a hit and may expand citywide.
Los Angeles Times
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
January 21, 2013, 9am PST
Paris, Barcelona, New York City...Cleveland? Like the oft-hidden urban oasis that are the subject of this article, you may come across some surprises in Crai S. Bower's list of the best cities for pocket parks.
MSN
December 17, 2011, 9am PST
Writing in Grist, Chuck Wolfe provides a counterintuitive look at what to do about potholes and how they could become "the universal darlings of walkable urbanism".
Grist
December 12, 2011, 12pm PST
Jessica Garrison reports on how the City of Los Angeles spent $600k designing and building a park that no one ever got to use when it was claimed as a site for a public school.
The Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2011, 5am PST
The city of Pacoima, CA is going ahead with a new program that transforms foreclosed homes into pocket parks. Vacant lots are being considered in addition to 10 foreclosed sites.
LA Daily News
November 21, 2011, 8am PST
Last week, Mayor Villaraigosa presented his vision for a more livable L.A., including the addition of fifty pocket parks.
The Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2011, 11am PDT
Looking at "urban acupuncture", a recent movement that eschews massive urban renewal projects in favor of smaller interventions.
The Guardian U.K.
May 24, 2011, 7am PDT
Sally Augustin stumbled upon a curved park bench at the heart of a public space, and found herself drawn into the brilliance of its curves.
Metropolis Magazine
February 28, 2011, 11am PST
The Planters company has revealed plans to assist cities in designing and building urban pocket parks in underused land. In return, the parks will include branding from the company, including a Mr. Peanut statue sitting on a peanut bench.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
January 8, 2011, 5am PST
Critic Inga Saffron says that the interesting architecture and urban design is happening on the small scale: small parks, small houses and small plans.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Blog post
October 25, 2010, 8am PDT

It's Halloween time again, the day when dressing up in silly costumes is required of every conscionable person. Some opt for the scary ghost or the sexy nurse, but others, more thoughtful others, make more of this opportunity.

Nate Berg