Piquing interest in parklets

Experts debate whether mini meeting spaces will replace traditional parks

You may have never heard of a parklet, but chances are good you’ve walked or driven past one. Maybe you’ve even sat in one, enjoying a coffee or a chat with a friend on a warm afternoon.

“You’re taking a space that would normally not be a public space, maybe part of a road, and you’re converting it,” said Byron Miller, an associate professor of geography at the University of Calgary and co-ordinator of school’s Urban Studies program.

“It’s about expanding the public realm to create new spaces where people can interact.”

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