Want the City of Philadelphia to Bring a Pop-Up Parklet to Your Neighborhood?

Last summer renters in West Philadelphia might have noticed an intriguing sight: a pop-up parklet! In a partnership with the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities, the University City District helped install two parklets in — what else — parking spaces outside two popular West Philly hangouts: the Green Line Cafe near Clark Park and the Green Line Cafe in Powelton Village.

Located at 43rd and Baltimore and 36th and Lancaster, these two parklets were big enough attractions that (according to the MOTU's blog) they helped boost Green Line Cafe revenues by 20%!

This summer these popular public spaces will reappear across the City of Philadelphia and you can help bring one to your neighborhood. Of course, Philadelphia's neighborhoods already boast some great public spaces (from Clark Park to Rittenhouse Square and Fairmount Park), but more parks and parklets are always welcome. Whether you're renting an apartment in Fairmount, Northern Liberties, Queen Village, Pennsport, or Fitler Square, you're guaranteed to enjoy having one of these parklets in your neighborhood.

Want to bring one of the City of Philadelphia's Parklets to your neighborhood this summer? The Philly Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities recently posted information on how to make a community bid for a city parklet on the MOTU's blog. Best of luck if you decide to apply!

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