For the last five years, the city’s business owners have been busy turning ugly parking lots into gorgeous, tiny parks. Some are just a few plants, while some have places to sit down and relax, but they all have one thing in common: they are much more attractive than a parking lot!
This coffee shop is located in a busy area with lots of other restaurants and shops. The parklet provides seating that was impossible to find before, with all of the heavy foot traffic this area experiences. Designer: Anzfer Farms
This is one of San Francisco’s newest parklets, located next to Cinderella Russian Bakery and Cafe. It offers views of a variety of flowers, succulents, and other plants. Brightly-colored, pleasant sitting space is also available. Designer: Gehl Studio
3. Devil’s Teeth
This parklet, outside of Mojo Bicycle Shop and Cafe, was one of the first in San Francisco. Its tall shrubs shield park visitors from busy traffic. Design: Riyad Ghannam of rg-architecture.
5. Four Barrel
This sustainable restaurant financed a parklet designed with concrete and driftwood so that it blends in with the often-gloomy San Francisco weather.
7. The Mill
Images (c) Emily Peckenham for Inhabitat