Cities across North America are transforming some of their on-street parking spaces into restaurant patios and tiny parks.
Alderman Druh Farrell first discovered these types of pop-up cafes and parklets while visiting Halifax for a conference, but soon learned that they are becoming commonplace in cities across Canada. Depending on the location, the low-cost seating areas can be movable, to be used during slow traffic times of the year or removed to allow for snow clearing, or more permanent, incorporating gardens and other landscaping.
Built to add public space and increase street safety, Calgary will be piloting the first pop-up cafe this summer on the west side of Vendome Cafe in Sunnyside. The pilot project has garnered a lot of interest from commercial districts around the city and we are now entertaining a list of interested businesses.
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