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Streets Become Seats

Akin to many other large U.S. cities, streets and public rights-of-way take up about one-fourth of San Francisco's land area. As part of a...
by | March 25, 2010

Akin to many other large U.S. cities, streets and public rights-of-way take up about one-fourth of San Francisco's land area. As part of a growing effort to repurpose street space for pedestrians, a new "parklet" sidewalk extension was unveiled on Divisadero Street. The first of several planned parklets in the Pavements to Parks project, the space replaces two parking spots with benches, tables, planters and bike racks. This parklet will serve as a trial to gauge the location's potential for being permanently reclaimed as public open space. The materials used in the design are meant to be temporary and easily moveable. Inspired by the success of similar projects in New York City, Pavements to Parks is a collaborative effort between the Mayor's Office, the Department of Public Works, the Planning Department and the Municipal Transportation Agency. The next parklet is scheduled to be built in early April in the city's Mission District. (Photo: sfbikes on Flickr)

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