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Parking Spaces In West Philadelphia Converted Into ‘Parklet’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia has hundreds of acres of parkland, but today it’s getting a wee bit more: two West Philly parking spaces are being converted into a temporary park.

It’s called a “parklet” and it’s been used with apparent success in other cities including New York.

Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler says the city is placing one today on two parking spaces at 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue.

“It will be a nice space for folks in the neighborhood to sit for a minute, catch their breath, meet their neighbors. And we think the concept — which has worked very successfully in New York and San Francisco — will really work well in Philly neighborhoods.”

This first parklet will be tested at this West Philly location through October. Cutler says no city dollars are being used — the project is funded through a grant from the William Penn Foundation. She hopes the portable parklet will move to other neighborhoods next spring.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Melissa

    We already don’t have enough parking spaces in South Philly. Let’s hope that never comes to East Passyunk area.

  • Joe K.

    Does anybody realize there is ALREADY a park at 43rd Street & Baltimore Ave?

  • DonnaMarie Gosizk-Groves

    I wonder if you have to pay a meter before sitting in the chair?

  • karl

    So if I understand this correctly, you cannot park a car. You actually park your butt?

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  • Andy Dinh

    I think it’s a great idea!

    • Anonymous

      So do I, Andy. All people have to do is stop already condeming it and give it a chance. (if I mispelled that word, I’m sorry).

  • Annie

    “A place so sit and catch your breath because you were being chased by a drug dealer, rapist, murderer, or thief????

    • Anonymous

      Annie, do you think something like this would work in your community?

  • Anonymous

    I think people should have an open mind and give it the benefit of the doubt. Let’s just see how it goes. You just MIGHT be surprised at the success. And if it fails, well, you always thought it would anyways.

  • Todd McDonald

    And just think of the additional parking ticket revenue? Two less spaces = two more tickets every hour!

    Magnificent, Philadelphia! Thank you.

    • Melissa

      Todd, agreed. Some areas don’t have enough places to park as it is but now have a seating area? Stupid.

    • Todd McDonald

      Horse hooey.

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