We like parklets - those small public spaces that replace in-street parking spots - because they add interest and life to city streets. But can the direct impact of a parklet be quantified? This spring Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) wants to try.
MOTU is embarking on a impact study of the city's parklets, hoping to demonstrate the extent to which parklets attract more pedestrians to commercial corridors, and boost business because of that increased foot traffic. That's where you come in: MOTU is seeking volunteers to help out with the parklet study.
Volunteers can sign up for a two-hour shift (or more than that if you're super enthused) to hang out in a parket while counting pedestrians or parklet users. Think of it as a really good excuse to people-watch and spend a few hours outdoors.
Interested volunteers should attend a kick-off meeting on Monday, March 4th at 11am (Municipal Services Buidling, 1401 JFK Blvd., Room 1450). If you can't come to the meeting, you can still volunteer for the study: Just get in touch with Ariel Ben-Amos via .
Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.