Parklet: “A parklet is a small space serving as an extension of the sidewalk to provide amenities and green space for people using the street. It is typically the size of several parking spaces. Parklets typically extend out from the sidewalk at the level of the sidewalk to the width of the adjacent parking space.
Parklets are intended for people”—– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parklet
Originating in San Francisco and spreading throughout urban areas in the United States, these small, passive spaces are intended to foster a sense of community while taking up just a couple of street parking spaces. One recent study, in Philadelphia, found a daily use of 150 people in a space previously occupied by two cars.
This parklet is Seattle’s newest, up the street from our apartment in Lower Queen Anne. Sitting just outside the Uptown theater and a couple of restaurants, it may sea quite a bit of activity as the weather warms up, but walking past it the other day, as a bus zoomed by, my wife remarked, “I’m not sitting there.” We shall see if others feel the same way.