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Meli

13 neighbors want Rapha's parklet to remain unchanged in San Francisco.

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By Meli
The Rapha parklet, one of the newest ones in San Francisco (39th!) has pushed the boundaries to be very different, designed by ReBar studio. They have prolonged the life of an old van and transformed it into an inviting, open space.

I lived for many years in Cow Hollow sometime ago, and I would have LOVED to have had a place like this, La Boulange came close then, but not much outside seating. Blue fog market has yet to install bike racks or put a bench for coffee drinkers out on the sidewalk.

The district supervisor Mark Farrell thinks is too "out there" "I'd like something a little more neutral" – he told the sfgate (article: Split opinion on SF parklet made of van)

*Photo via CreativeCommons Flickr user citymaus

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Alan Joseph Williams
Signo Jesse Uddenberg
Nicole Grant Kriege
Daniel Schwartzbaum
Ghigo DiTommaso
Blaine Merker
dustystax
Kevindoylejones
Thomas Morgan
Adam Jeselnick
Dan
Tom K.
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2198 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

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Tom K.

It seems that one of the side effects of a parklet being so tied to a specific business and its brand is that it may lose its 'publicness'

youtu.be/cZGVVVUqUak

Public Parklets - People Behaving Badly

Stanley Roberts looks at San Francisco Micro Mini Parks

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZGVVV...

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Posted Jul 2, 2013
Dan
Dan
Jul 3, 2013

The public requirement is a key part of leasing a publicly owned asset (the parking space in the street) to a business.

Posted by Dan on Jul 3, 2013
Dan
Dan
Jul 3, 2013

Good to hear that 4/5 restaurants in Stanley's report were following the rules.

Posted by Dan on Jul 3, 2013
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Nicole Grant Kriege

I saw it in person last week and it's awesome! It adds some much-needed character and flavor to the neighborhood. I suppose Rebar and Rapha should have waited for their permit rather than moving forward after they got the verbal ok. But to folks who say it's too "out there" – you live in San Francisco, one of the most out there cities in the world. Get over it.

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Posted Jan 15, 2013
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Meli

Yes, it seems that neighbors and business owners in the area may not have the same opinion as Mark Farrell (it's also on the Atlantic indicating 98% of the feedback is positive and I agree with that, having experienced it firsthand).
It is well received in the neighborhood, there has been a positive response to the look and creative concept. It is inviting, it has brought many cyclists from outside the Cow Hollow/Marina district and the East Bay, into that pocket not only because of the shop, but they organize group rides and they carry local coffee (four barrel).

I'll check in with Rapha this weekend.
As all parklets in SF, anyone not only paying patrons, can use it and hang out, be part of the neighborhood. It serves as a hub for the community of not only cyclists, but pedestrians alike – and that it is overall a very positive impact.

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Posted Jan 11, 2013
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Tom K.

WHOA!

I love it, Meli. Such a playful take on a parklet. Now I need to see it in person.

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Posted Jan 10, 2013
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