July 15, 2020 | Main Spotlight: Parklets + Pedlets | In light of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, local leaders across the country are increasingly looking to parklet and pedlet programs as an easy, quick, and relatively inexpensive design solution to create more physical space for businesses in commercial districts. Essentially sidewalk extensions, parklets and pedlets repurpose one or more parking spaces or lanes and offer space for myriad uses, including additional seating, greenspace, public art, curbside pickup, or walking space. In this brief, produced in collaboration with AARP Livable Communities, we explore the history and benefits of parklets and pedlets, outline a series of priorities local leaders should consider when installing these infrastructure elements, and provide examples from cities large and small demonstrating just how important these space-creation strategies can be as part of COVID-19 management efforts.
About the Series: Produced in collaboration between Main Street America and AARP Livable Communities, Commercial District Design: COVID-19 Response and Management is a series of design-centered briefs developed to equip community leaders with safe, equitable, age-friendly strategies to support economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
Disclaimer: This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for legal, insurance, liability, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your own legal, insurance, tax, and accounting advisors for guidance on these matters. Photos may have been taken before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and not depict our current reality of the need to socially distance