My first encounter with a San Francisco parklet was at Four Barrel Coffee on Valencia a while back. I remember looking at it and saying to myself "Wow, what a revolutionary idea." Parklets have become a fast-growing phenomenon in many of SF's districts since then, with outside-of-the-box design ideas that make them a go-to hangout spots for city dwellers looking to get some vitamin D.
I set out to photograph the creative minds behind this growing trend, and in the process, learned how much work goes into the development of a these public spaces. It starts with an idea. Then the respective business must apply for a permit from the city to inhabit a street parking space, which can be fairly time-consuming and difficult. Finally, the parklet comes to life, often with contributions of many people.
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