Around 4pm, pieces of the park began to show up. Here, Andres Power, of San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks program, explains to a man with a small dog that the city of New York is interested in doing a project like this one. “We emulated their plaza program, now they’re emulating this,” he said.

The modular pieces here – designed and built in the Mission by REBAR – and the pieces designed for the Divisidero Street Parklet by Riyad Ghannam  and Greg Upwall could be sold to any city in the country, if the idea takes off.  Says Power: “It’s great because the sizes are the same across the board – a car is a car, a parking meter is a parking meter.”

By nightfall someone had already come and locked their bike to it.

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Heather Smith covers a beat that spans health, food, and the environment, as well as shootings, stabbings, various small fires, and shouting matches at public meetings. She is a 2007 Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism and a contributor to the book Infinite City.

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