"The streets beneath our feet are getting smart. Pavements are melting into the roads and traffic lights are disappearing. Inspired by the work of scientists and engineers in Holland and Japan, this is a revolution in urban design. Part of it is a movement known as ‘Shared Space’, which promises to dramatically change the way cities look and how we experience them. In Thinking Streets, Angela Saini asks if all these ideas really fulfil the promise of making us all safer, happier and more efficient?"
Parking spots on city streets will be converted into “parklets” in front of three Long Beach restaurants. Public space? No. Unlike curbside parklets in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and other cities, these parklets will be open only to restaurant patrons.
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.
Photo: Berlin bistro owner Kerstin Kansteiner and architect Michael Bohn hold his design of a parklet to be built in front of the restaurant. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
(Source: Los Angeles Times)