I would like right-sized parklets along with solar electric charging in the public realm built expressly to bring a sense of place back to our still "cookie cutter" malls.
Major brands and mom & pop venues alike could utilize these spaces to charge the burgeoning flocks of electric vehicles; these include electric bikes and motorcycles which organizations such as City Carshare are starting to offer its members.
Shoppers could rest with a cup of coffee as they enjoy a few minutes of charging with their EVs, cell phones, laptops, etc. while they surf the Web. At night, they could experience an LED light show which also brings more visibility and security to what was once a dark and threatening corner of a vacant parking lot. Security cameras could aid guards in remotely monitoring remote sections of lots; such venues might become safer places (than a car) to lock up animals and occupy kids while folks shop.
During power outages associated with earthquakes, parklets would become temporary triage spaces for first-responders who would have access to some electric power. When kids get separated from their families, announcements could call them to reunite at the "Pop-up Parklet."
Safeway and other anchor tenants could brand themselves with their own signage. Electronic bill boards could be powered at night efficiently with solar generated during the day. Yes, and that's just the beginning. Plants and sculptures could decorate the place without requiring digging.
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