|San Diego's first urban park(let) debuts next month on 30th Street in front of Caffe Calabria. NPMS image.|
|NP Main Street images viaTim Hardy/Flashpoint photography|
GUEST BLOG—By North Park Main Street--Parklets are coming to San Diego’s historic North Park neighborhood in early June, but what is a Parklet?
Parklets are the temporary use of space that are dedicated for the public’s use in the form of benches, tables, greenery and otherwise transforming public spaces such as parking spaces, unused bus stops, and other types of vehicular zones.
San Diego’s first Parklet will take up two parking spaces in front of Caffé Calabria, and will provide a place for the public to take a break from the bleak asphalt of the city. Ribbon cutting is expected early June, says NPMS, exact date will be announced soon.
It’s being designed by local architect, Christopher Bittner, who has invested his time and eye for detail for San Diego’s first Parklet. Bittner, who was recently named 2012 Alumnus of the Year at New School of Architecture and Design (NSAD), has been involved in many local projects.
According to the NSAD, Bittner has served as a volunteer board member with North Park Main Street since October 2010. His firm, obrARCHITECTURE, was an active participant in the development of the Sustainable North Park Main Street master plan, and Bittner owns and operates an art gallery in North Park that supports local artists. About 70 percent of his architecture and design projects are for local nonprofit organizations.
In larger cities, such as San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles, Parklets are already commonplace and add more space for pedestrians, café patrons, and boutique shoppers alike to bask in and enjoy more of the outdoor space.
This new demonstration program, which was spearheaded by North Park Main Street staff Angela Landsberg and Kevin Clark and supported unanimously by the North Park Planning Committee, will give the City of San Diego the opportunity to assess firsthand the social and economic benefits that are accrued from sidewalk extension infrastructure. There will be pre-installation surveys and post-installation surveys conducted at the Parklet locations.
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What is North Park Main Street?
North Park Main Street is a Business Improvement District (BID) in San Diego, California and is a joint program of the City of San Diego, the San Diego BID Council, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is primarily a volunteer based organization. The North Park BID is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the revitalization of the North Park neighborhood in San Diego. To do such, it follows the Main Street Four Point Approach TM, Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Promotion. North Park Main Street embarks on many ambitious and worthy endeavors, all aimed at bringing new life and a lasting vitality to North Park.
Who is Christopher Bittner?
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Bittner, who earned his Bachelor of Architecture from NSAD in 1997, has 18 years of experience in all phases of architecture and planning. He is a principal of the firm obrARCHITECTURE, which Bittner started in 2008 with two partners, Garrick Oliver and Anney Rosenthal-Hall. His work includes residential and school building projects, civic and government facilities, historic rehabilitation and commercial and planning projects.
Known for his community service, Bittner has served as a volunteer board member with North Park Main Street since October 2010. His firm, obrARCHITECTURE, was an active participant in the development of the Sustainable North Park Main Street master plan, and Bittner owns and operates an art gallery in North Park that supports local artists. About 70 percent of his architecture and design projects are for local nonprofit organizations.
Bittner is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. At NSAD, Bittner has served as an adjunct faculty member and regularly serves as a juror providing critiques of student projects.
Ace Website Photos.North Parkers familiar with NP Main Street’s website know we’re preaching to the choir when we state NPMS’s website showcases the excellent photography of Tim Hardy. His is some of the best night urban photography this blog has seen in quite a while. Image of Pekin Café is amazing!!! Check out the website and see what we mean. North Park Main Street website: http://northparkmainstreet.com/
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