"Parklets" are slowly taking over parking spaces across the country. PSFK takes a look at our top five picks.

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The parklet movement is taking over the country, slowly moving from its birthplace in San Francisco eastwards. A “parklet” refers to a plot of urban land, usually a parking space, that the city government takes over and turns into a small park. Usually situated in front of businesses (and sponsored by them – parklets cost about $20,000 to develop), they offer an urban retreat for pedestrians to sit, chat, eat and enjoy life outside.

The concept of parklets took root back in 2005 when design agency Rebar transformed a single San Franciscan parking space into a temporary public park. The project turned into an annual PARKing Day dedicated to turning parking spaces into public spaces across the country. San Francisco’s Urban Planning department adopted the movement and to date has created almost 30 permanent parklets across the city. Their success has inspired replica programs across the United States and over the border in Canada. Here we take a look at the some of the most interesting parklets out there, from Philadelphia to Vancouver.

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