Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Car parking vs. parks vs. restaurant patios

Image: Herald Square, New York City. Credit.

Not every "parklet" is a park. A number of the parklets in San Francisco ("S.F. parklets: a little tour of a major trend" from the San Francisco Chronicle) are used as gathering spaces and apparently for restaurants. But many of the spaces are park-like, and not spaces for economic activity.

See the past blog entries:

-- San Francisco Sustainable Mobility Agenda presentation
-- Parallel Park in Vancouver, BC: temporary parklet

Similarly, people can eat at the public spaces created along Broadway (and other places) in New York City, but there isn't restaurant-provided "table service" at the chairs and tables.

So it's important to make a distinction about what and how these "parklets" function before they are all lauded as public spaces, even though for the most part I don't have a problem with restaurant patios capturing some parking places. See "Long Beach joins the national 'parklets' trend: Three restaurants have won city approval to convert a few highly valued parking spaces into green space. In some cities, the parklets are open to the public, but these will be for patrons' use only" from the Los Angeles Times.

A restaurant patio is still a restaurant patio.
Willa Lolif, 2 1/2, plays on the eucalyptus trunk that provides seating in the parklet at Trouble Coffee on Judah Street.
Willa Lolif, 2 1/2, plays on the eucalyptus trunk that provides seating in the parklet at Trouble Coffee on Judah Street. Liz Hafalia / The San Francisco Chronicle.

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A good way to know the thinking about which people's are more prefer. Mostly people's like Public space for food to eat and some gossips. But my idea is to both is available at one spot ( Parking and Public space) nothing is more than that. I also suggest to the my private parking place to provide Public place with other service like wash and clean, Valet parking and Chauffeurs Service in Truck Parking in New York.

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