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Parklets

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
August 6, 2013, 1pm PDT
The removal of a parklet that had been criticized as 'a haven for homelessness and illegal activity' reflects some of the growing pains experienced by San Francisco as it's sought to encourage the conversion of on-street parking into public spaces.
San Francisco Examiner
July 23, 2013, 9am PDT
With the installation of new parklets along Church Street in Toronto's Gay Village, the city is embracing a rethink of how its public spaces are used. While the elimination of parking spots may be heresy to many, Christopher Hume welcomes the change.
Fast Company Co.Exist
May 31, 2013, 11am PDT
Michael Kimmelman looks at the wave of 'cheap, quick, temporary and D.I.Y.-style approaches' that are introducing a more successful means of creating public space than traditional trickle-down techniques.
The New York Times
April 17, 2013, 11am PDT
A pilot program introduced parklets to Portland last summer to seemingly widespread applause. Fearing the loss of parking, a group representing downtown business owners has successfully lobbied the city to cancel the program in the downtown core.
BikePortland.org
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