December 17, 2013
Los Angeles officials on Tuesday approved expansion of a pilot
program to create parklets at parking spaces as a way to expand green
space throughout the city under what it is calling the People Street
Under the program to be administered by the Department of
Transportation, communities can apply to convert what are considered
under-utilized areas to create plazas, parklets and bike corrals around
Councilman Jose Huizar, in whose district the program
has operated, said it has proven valuable in improving the quality of
life of residents and getting people to begin using the streets and
investing in local businesses.
Fuentes said it also has value in slowing down
traffic and making a community more pedestrian friendly and walkable.
concept of parklets developed in San Francisco in 2005 when some
activists fed coins into a parking meter and reclaimed the spot for a
day by rolling out mats of grass and sitting in the improvised park.