The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities wants to get you involved in making your community more livable and fun. They’ve put out the word that any business or community group can now apply for the construction of a “parklet,” a two-parking-space long seating platform perfect for hanging out on a summer day. Read a book, ignore the children around you, or drag yourself there on a post-hangover morning when you need to dry out in the sun without anyone harassing you about drink orders or public loitering. The two parklets erected so far in West Philly have boosted revenue at local Green Line Cafe, and everybody seems to be digging them pretty hard. So the city’s extending the Parklet Program to basically anyone: get one set up in place of a parking lane now through mid fall. All you have to do is follow the application instructions, linked here, and get the approval of property owners and at least 51% of residents. This is an awesome initiative that partners the city with the people who live in it. So go forth, and curate your curbside.
[Photo credit: Ryan Collerd, courtesy of the University City District]