When a Car Parking Space Dies and Goes to Heaven

Posted on 07/19/2012

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Parket at 420 W 4th Street in Long Beach.

This is what it looks like when an on-street car parking space dies… and goes to heaven. Or is maybe just reincarnated?  or maybe rein-people-nated? 

Parket in front of Berlin coffeehouse/restaurant on 4th Street in Long Beach

It’s called a parklet – basically the semi-permanent installation of sort of platform-mini-park in place of an on-street parking space. This is Long Beach’s third parklet. I wrote about the first L.B. parklet at this earlier post at L.A. Streetsblog.

This new featured parklet is located at 420 West 4th Street, about 4 blocks easy walk or bike distance from the Metro Blue Line 5th Street Station. It’s in front of Berlin, a coffeehouse and cafe.

What’s amazing about these spaces is just how many people you can fit into a couple of parking spaces. Such a shame the way parking robs the space from our urban areas…

Closer view of parklet seating

Planter box of great-looking succulents at Long Beach’s latest parklet

Someday these will make it to Los Angeles.

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