You know what they say: Good things come in small packages. And, there might not be any better example of this than University City’s parklet located on 43rd Street in front of the Green Line Cafe.
It’s a wee little thing. Just the size of two parking spaces in fact. But, it’s impact on the community is profound. It’s another fine example of University City’s attempt at being environmentally and incorporating another green element in the middle of the city.
It’s literally located in the street, so there’s a foot-and-a-half buffer around the picnic tables to keep patrons safe. Inside there’s tables and chairs and a few potted plants to add to the ambiance.
And, pretty soon, this parklet will have little sisters all over the city. Logan Square, Fishtown, Chinatown (10th and Cherry Streets), Manayunk (4360 Main St.), and South Street (1610 South St.) all have plans for their own parklets. University City District will also open two additional parklets this summer, one of which will be at the corner of 36th Street and Lancaster Avenue.
It’s just more proof that even in the most urban of areas, green spaces can exist and the people will flock to them.