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City asking where to put parklets. Here, maybe?

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities has issued a call for applications for another round of parklets, or parking spots that get transformed into permanent places to relax.

Plan Philly reports:

If you think your neighborhood could use a parklet, or if you’d like one outside of your business, check out the 2013 Parklet Guidelines [pdf]. Community support for the project is essential, as is the ability to maintain the parklet once built. Anyone interested should contact MOTU’s Ariel Ben-Amos via email for further information.

In University City, via Plan Philly. Wouldn’t something like that be nice down here?

With this announcement, you have to wonder, would a parklet work on Passyunk? Since 2011, six parklets have been built around the city – three in University City, and one each in Logan, Fishtown and on South Street. But down here, the discussion, of course, inevitably leads to the age-old problem of parking and the historical resistance from many business owners and residents about anything that inhibits it.

The mayor’s office says parklets have increased sales at businesses where they’re located, so is this something Passyunk business owners should push for? Where would it go?

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6 Responses to City asking where to put parklets. Here, maybe?

  1. David February 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    That whole strip in front of the Acme would make a nice parklet.

    • Rachel February 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      I agree with David, but other than that, parking is tight enough already! But imagine if the Broad street medians had trees and grass instead of illegally parked cars. Would be nice.

      • RMD February 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

        Rachel, I love the idea of the Broad Street medians having trees & grass. Those parked cars just look CRAZY there. There is always one car at the end parked so precariously out of that median. Broad Street would be pretty pleasant with this median you describe!

        My yuppy dreams would be for Acme to turn into a Whole Foods with a huge underground parking lot, which could also include paid neighborhood spots.

        • luchobucho February 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

          Whole Foods wouldn’t really work based on the area demographics (an also another one not terribly far away), but a better run chain grocery store would do well. And also, buried parking is reserved for only the densest of developments. I would suggest putting tucking a large multilevel garage behind the store and out of sight, similar to whole foods, but the acme lot is a bigger parcel.

          • DEF February 13, 2013 at 8:55 am #

            Re: trees in Broad Street median – unfortunately there’s not enough space for trees to live healthy lives there with the heat of exhaust pipes, road salt and other stresses. Planters were tried on North Broad and failed miserably. They’re very expensive to maintain…even CCD with all its resources ouldn’t make it work.

            Re: Acme. Rather than parking below or behind, why not ABOVE? That’s how Super Fresh and Whole Foods up at 10th/South work…and it works well. Same with the new Pathmark in NoLibs. A saavy developer could build a new building along 10th/Passyunk/Reed, (ground floor shops with housing above), with the supermarket topped by parking behind it. I think in 5 to 10 years the neighborhood will be in a place where such a development makes financial sense…

          • Me February 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

            Actually DEF, many trees do wonderfully in the city. They would never plant in the middle of Broad because of the Mummers, etc, but that doesnt mean we cant improve the curbside along Broad with properly selected species in properly inspected locations, which is what the city does. Even with exhaust, salt, and other stresses, trees survive along roads all over Philly. And as for the Acme lot, we dont need more parking; that lot is never full with actual customers, it’s full with residents parking their 3rd and 4th cars there. Once people get over their car lifestyles and realize it’s easy and comfortable to not own a car around this neighborhood, they can stop whining about how hard it is to park. The shopping center needs new buildings constructed along the curbside on Passyunk and Reed, with parking remaining in the middle. Easy peasy.

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