A fun concept has popped up in Chicago this summer: people spots! These public areas, also called parklets, are created simply by reclaiming two to three on-street parking spots and setting up tables and chairs to encourage community.
I happened upon this people spot featured below while biking down Lincoln Avenue, conveniently located in front of Heritage bike shop and cafe. This people spot will be a permanent feature, except during winter for snow plowing purposes, and you can read more about this parklet here.
What a lovely addition to my neighborhood! I’m so happy that the Alderman and the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce are embracing the vision of a people-centered community. Surely more of these people spots would help local businesses and property values, in addition to bringing residents together. Cities need more of this forward-thinking and action.
Have you seen people spots popping up where you live? Isn’t this such a fun idea?!