Editorial: Where to park parklets

July 6, 2012
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Trading parking spaces for “parklets” is a good idea that likely will boost business, beautify streets, enliven our too-narrow sidewalks and literally curb our auto addiction.

Whether a specific site is suitable for a parklet is a different question. It is good to hear that the City intends to hold community meetings about their design and placement in JP.

Parklets have sparked debate elsewhere. Despite the cute name, they’re actually “business-lets” that privatize the public streets into ersatz sidewalk cafés and make an end-run around licensing and permitting. Responsibility for them can be unclear and after-hours use can be a concern. And, oh yeah, some people really do need to park vehicles in busy places.

These potential issues can be overcome through grassroots-up, rather than top-down, site selection.

  • Soclassica

    parking
    spaces are already scares in JP… where can they possibly place these
    parklets? Not to mention how close they are to the street where cars drive
    “Bostonian” style seems disaster prone!