26 December 2010

Pop-Up Cafés ~ Reclaiming Curbside Park-Lanes

Just saw these pop-up cafés in curbside parking lanes on the CUNY Sustainable Cities blog! They point to several photos on the Architects Newspaper blog. These cafés go...
"...where the sidewalks are too narrow for traditional outdoor seating. The program follows this summer’s first pop-up café on Pearl Street which saw a row of parked cars replaced with planters, bamboo decking, tables and chairs, modeled on San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks program program which allows for six-month trial parking spot takeovers. The two restaurants that paid for the Pearl Street project reported that the new public café space brought in more business, plus “some beauty to the street."
Lovely and lively! Streets should not be for storage! Reclaim the lane!

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