The term parklet – a small park created in former parallel parking spaces – is relatively new to Philadelphia, especially Philadelphia’s low-income, less commercial neighborhoods. This week the Logan CDC and theMayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) proved that parklets can indeed work in such areas.
Monday, the Logan CDC debuted the Logan Parklet in front of the Logan Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Three PhilaNOMA architects designed the space with “work, play, lounge” elements, including a stage with a chalkboard floor and both casual and formal seating areas, in hopes of providing flexible outdoor space that can accommodate multiple uses by various people.
Christine covers transportation and writes about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments send her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covers community news for Eyes on the Street, where her coverage ranges from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. During the internship her reporting on the Housing Authority’s surplus property auctions earned an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.