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.
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.
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?