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Make Way for Public Space...

Make Way for Public Space... | green streets | Scoop.it

Chicago says four-part plan to expand the pedestrian realm will boost local economy, prompt physical activity.

 Mayor Rahm Emanuel will likely say he’s continuing to make good on commitments to public health and expanded outdoor space if a four-part plan to tackle both becomes a reality. Emanuel introduced an ordinance this month backing the Chicago Department of Transportation’s “Make Way for People” program, which is made up of four initiatives that the city and its partners claim will spark neighborhood economies and increase physical activity, citywide.

 

This is particularly important to communities on the South Side, which don’t have as much public space as the North Side, and could use an economic jolt, according to Bernita Johnson Gabriel, executive director of Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC). QCDC is a Bronzeville-based non-profit that is partnering with the city to pilot a portion of Make Way for People known as People Spots. People Spots essentially expand sidewalk seating onto portions of the street sometimes referred to as "parklets."

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S.F. parklets: a little tour of a major trend

S.F. parklets: a little tour of a major trend | green streets | Scoop.it

A significant change to San Francisco's landscape in 2011 involves a conjuring act that turns parking spaces into pedestrian nooks.

They're called parklets, a word that didn't exist two years ago, and when 2011 arrived there were only four. Now there are 22, with six more approved and 44 in various stages of review.

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Parklets: The Next Big Tiny Idea in Urban Planning

Parklets: The Next Big Tiny Idea in Urban Planning | green streets | Scoop.it
Cities from coast to coast are giving up parking spaces (and the revenue that comes from them) to create green public places for people to sit.

It all started in 2005, when a San Francisco design company descended on a downtown parking space, fed the meter and created a pop-up park complete with sod, public benches and leafy trees. They called it Park(ing) Day, which eventually became an annual event. Then in 2009, when New York City began converting some street spaces into pedestrian-only plazas, urban planners started to see the appeal of pint-sized parks. Officials in different places began working with local business owners to convert parking spaces. San Francisco cut the ribbon on its first permanent parklet in March 2010; today the city boasts 27 completed parklets with another 40 in the pipeline. In the past year alone, cities from Philadelphia to Oakland and Long Beach, Calif., have launched parklet programs; others, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Roanoke, Va., are exploring the idea...

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