Another parklet coming to Valencia!

Spotted between 22nd and 23rd, in front of Zaytoon and The Crepe House.

Previously:

34 Responses to “Another parklet coming to Valencia!”

  1. fuck yeah. i love me some parklets.

    that’s not too far of a stumble from latin american…

  2. nice spot! i was wondering what the heck was going on there.

  3. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    That’s awesome! If only it were still Saigon Saigon. SAD FACE.

  4. The Problem with Larry says:

    I have this awesome idea! You know, for when employment returns and everyone has a job instead of a bad habit of obsessing on how to extend their ego into the streets by some other means than using them to get to work…

    parkingspotlets

    yes!

    parkingspotlets!

    Its all about reclaiming empty street space for people who actually have a life.

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      blah blah blah.

    • wcw says:

      Take the bus.

      • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

        I have small sympathy for people bitching about the tiny percentage of parking spaces lost to Parklets. ESPECIALLY on Valencia, which GAINED a ton of parking spaces along it’s length when the Muni lines were eviscerated last year and the bus stops were turned into parking spots.

        • scum says:

          A ton is 2,000.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            In weight? Yes. Well, if you go by weight, I suppose Valencia probably gained dozens of tons of parking spaces. That’s just a guess, though, I have no idea how much a bus-stop’s length of asphalt weighs.

    • moderniste says:

      I just read this article on cnn.com about how lemming Americans live to work (rather than the opposite), talk about work constantly, and are easily duped or scared into working extra hours and weekends, and not taking vacations or sick days.

      I suppose the stock answer is, “yeah but those lazy Euros don’t have the option of making a billion dollars.” But they do have cities full of sidewalk cafes and pedestrian-only market squares…teeming with lazy ne’er-do’wells who don’t “have a life”.

    • So, “having a life” means spending more time inside a metal box with wheels instead of sitting outside in the sun?

      Okay.

    • Dave says:

      I like you

  5. theguy says:

    Why do people keep calling outdoor seating parklets?

  6. theguy says:

    Why do all the citations refer to San Francisco?

  7. scum says:

    Why would you want to sit closer to smog belching machines passing by?

  8. sfnola says:

    The Crepe House sells pints for $2.50. Say hello to your new outdoor drinking spot.

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Pints of WHAT?

    • GIL says:

      It is not legal to drink in a parklet.
      I foresee Crepe House having a problem with this just like Revolution Cafe did.

      • swr says:

        Nor is it legal to drink in Dolores Park, but…

        Viva parklets. Valencia is a nice street for them because there’s a little buffer (the bike lane) between the traffic and the parklet. The traffic volumes and speeds aren’t too bad on Valencia, either.

      • Mike says:

        Wrong! I know ya’all going to be truly disappointed that comments on blogs sometimes say stuff that isn’t true but check out the many parklets where booze is ok like the one in front of Mojo’s. The problem at Rev Cafe was that they didn’t have a permit for alcohol on the sidewalk (and yes, it is kind of lame that the city makes it so hard for them to get one).

  9. Redbearded says:

    Um… Wasn’t that the whole point of spending millions to widen the sidewalks on Valencia Street? To make room for things like outdoor seating in front of cafes? Seems kinda pointless to lose valuable parking spots just so we can have another twee parklet.

    • Ross says:

      I’m sure the businesses that paid for this parklet would disagree with you.

      Parklets = more business

      • Annie says:

        The major difference between parklets and outdoor cafe seating is that you do NOT have to be a patron to enjoy the seat. Come, bring a picnic, and stay as long as you like.

  10. Alex says:

    This isn’t really a parklet as much as it’s retail space. One just like it was installed at the Polk Street Crepe House, and there was some backlash.

    http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/05/18/parklets-begin-sprouting-up-on-polk-street/

    What separates this from other parklets is that the tables and chairs belong to Crepe House and are taken inside every evening when the place closes. Also, on a nice day, you effectively have to pay for a meal at the Crepe House to sit there.

    Not really a parklet. Just an outdoor seating space for the Crepe House.

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Ohhh, that doesn’t seem good. Can they legally do that? I mean, if it is public space, how can they restrict it to customers of some random restaurant that happens to be next to it? That’s not cool at all.

    • Dave says:

      er, um… Yay parklets!… right?

  11. kate says:

    saw them constructing this the other day. hopefully it will make the area a little more social than it is now…

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