Voyagers outside of our leafy valleys may have seen the novel, often ingeniously crafted little islands of human presence pressing out into major thoroughfares in San Francisco or Berkeley in an effort to reclaim a portion of those thoroughfares for human use.
… and to slow traffic, and hopefully in a good way.
If approved as expected by the City Council at their June 27 meeting, Lafayette will be trying out two parklets of its own on a trial basis commencing July 1, providing more outdoor seating to two local businesses and announcing, perhaps, that people should feel comfortable out in the street and that we’re willing to reclaim them.
These two pioneering islands of human presence will be located outside Panache and El Jarro Mexican Cafe and will be in place through Nov. 1. Four parking spaces will be sacrificed to make way for wayfaring humans who don’t mind eating a few feet away from a traffic lane.
How about you? Good idea? Would you utilize a parklet? Or would the vagaries of local driving habits be too disconcerting?