Monday, August 15, 2011

University City gets Philadelphia's first "parklet"

What is a "parklet"?

According to the article, and parklet is "a pavement reuse initiative that re-purposes one or two existing parking spots with a platform that brings the grade of the sidewalk out to the street."


Sounds a little complicated, but it really isn't. It's actually quite ingenious for a city like Philadelphia, where city streets/sidewalks can sometimes be small and narrow due to their age.

It's a great option for pedestrians in high-traffic areas, and considering Philadelphia was just voted the "5th Most Walkable" city in the US, parklets should actually be a part of daily pedestrian life in Philly's dense commercial districts.

The next question is, when will Center City get its first?

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