MLK Day of Service 2021 Recap


We recently lost some parallel parking spaces in front of some businesses on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. This is due to their proximity to crosswalks (and one fire hydrant). There is now a stretch of unused street, in proximity to a bus stop, which will undoubtedly still attract illegal parking. Further the businesses are disappointed in the loss of customer parking.
It should be noted parked cars reduce visibility of pedestrians using the crosswalks, which can be dangerous.
In talking with Boston Transportation Dept, we floated the idea of a parklet or “pedlet” there. We could activate the space by extending the sidewalk from the curb into the parking spaces, adding benches, and greenery, while still maintaining visibility for pedestrians, and access to the handicap ramps at the crosswalk.
Would this be an appropriate project to consider? Anything that you can share would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Ginger Brown, September 23, 2021

We are in the planning stages for the 2022 MLK Day of Service, so stay tuned!

Amanda Holmen, September 23, 2021