Not since the Great Camino Pablo Speed Bump Controversy has such a topic captivated the NEWS24/680 readership – a move to push out from the sidewalk and attract pedestrians to a series of downtown mini-parks (parklets) built atop space formerly reserved for cars.
A host of people questioned the idea – pioneered with some success in other parts of the country and our own Bay Area – and they raised concerns here about safety, noise, and traffic fumes.
Reader Pamela Dunn was curious, too, and she took her camera downtown for a firsthand glimpse at how the parklets (one in front of Panache, one in front of El Jarro) were doing. The one outside Panache was fully decked and had attracted people (and one very sleepy pup) in search of morning coffee and a place to talk. Its sister parklet had some work left to do on it – but it had a heater and seating waiting to go.
Pamela’s photos are notable for several reasons: first, she captured the Panache pup in mid-yawn; people completely happy in a space formerly reserved for SUVs; and a photo with absolutely no traffic present. We mean, that shot looks almost post-apocalyptic, there’s hardly a car in sight.
Asked if they had any concerns about traffic one of the Breakfast Ladies responded: “No one’s hit us yet!”
We don’t have the nice ladies’ (and the pup, don’t forget the pup) names – perhaps they’ll check in. But Pamela said their concerns about traffic noise and fumes were not realized – at least when they were there – and that all in all the experience was a pleasant one for them.
How about you?