I am always surprised to find how quickly the city changes when I am out and about San Francisco neighborhoods showing property, or running a personal errand. Recently in North Beach I noticed parking spaces had been replaced with café tables and thought: Hmmm that is interesting. Parking spaces being perhaps more valuable than gold and the city being in need of money, I wondered if the nearby restaurants hadn’t leased parking spaces to extend their café table space.
Today walking down Polk Street I passed a similar situation in front of a café at Polk and Washington. The tables and chairs were wet from the rain and with no one seated in the area I looked a bit closer to find a sign identifying the area as a Public Parklet. What a quaint and wonderful new addition to San Francisco city living.
Oh, I did not mention there is NO SMOKING in Public Parklets. You have got to love it when the city gets it right! San Francisco is rated as the 3rd most densely populated city in the United States. As the population continues to grow in years to come, these small Parklets offer a bit of community open space where people walking in commercial area can take a break without going into a café or restaurant.
Click here to read about the history of Parklets and plans for the future. Parklets are in a trial stage—temporary and designed to be moved, or changed if they don’t work out in their current locations. Barely two weeks after I wrote this blog I walked by the Polk Street Parklet to find the trees gone. The shop owners felt the trees were too tall and are replacing them with flowers. One thing we know about San Franciscans, they have an opinion on everything. If you would like to suggest a new Parklet location or share your thoughts with the city, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bravo San Francisco! This is a GREAT idea!
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