The Barklet

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The enduring lesson of the pandemic from a city planning perspective must be just how much we can improve quality of life for people by reclaiming public land used for traffic and parking and allowing more productive, beneficial uses.

Open streets, outdoor dining, public seating, pocket parks, and bike lanes have proven immensely popular, and can be real drivers of local economic development.

And it turns out, these improvements don’t have to be limited to merely us bipedals.

Take space from cars and give it to people dogs.