New Mini-Parks Question Roads Priorities

Friday, Feb 26, 2010  |  Updated 12:00 PM PDT
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New Mini-Parks Question Roads Priorities

Miranda Smyre, NBCWashington.com

As part of the nationwide art installation/urban protest, planners of PARK(ing) Day D.C. turned part of a parking lot into a park with a volleyball net, lawn furnuture and transplanted sod.

Thursday, Streetsblog visited the official launch of Showplace Triangle, one of two new Pavement to Parks projects following Castro Commons at 17th Street and Market.

At the launch, our camera-happy mayor put on his pedestrian advocate hat and asked: "Who said that every single street that’s paved has to be a street that has a priority exclusively for automobiles? I mean, who decided that? And when was that decided? And why not take a look at that and reconsider those decisions?"

Yeah! Yeah! Anyway, the takeaway from the launch is that 1) there'll be a whopping total of 12 new Pavement to Parks projects this year — counting the six still pending on the group's website, that means six additional unannounced pavement interventions. A lot of the work going into these projects is donated: Shift Design Studio did Guerrero Park pro bono, for example, while Streetsblog's main financial supporter is footing the bill for the 22nd Street parklet.

· Mayor Newsom Announces 12 New Pavement to Parks Projects for 2010 [Streetsblog]
· Even More Plazas and 'Parklets' Planned From North Beach to Noe [Curbed SF]
· The Beefier, More Permanent Future of the 17th Street Plaza [Curbed SF]


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