What is a Parklet?

Parklets are small public parks that aim to improve the pedestrian experience in urban neighborhoods to create safer, cleaner, greener, friendlier, and more walkable communities. Parklets, such as the one on Bethlehem’s Broad St., are usually installed within the area of a single parking space, extending the sidewalk outward to include more green space and…

Project Overview

“The trust of a city street is formed over time from many, many little public sidewalk contacts… Most of it is ostensibly trivial but the sum is not trivial at all.” ― Jane Jacobs Parklets are an extension of the sidewalk that takes the place of one or more parking spots in order to create more…

News Coverage: “And the survey on Bethlehem’s parklet says…”

On July 25, 2018, The Morning Call published an article, “And the survey on Bethlehem’s parklet says…,” discussing the results from our summer 2018 parklet study. The data and results come from over 15 hours of on-site observation and a collection of over 70 surveys from parklet visitors. Nicole Radzievich reports on the impact the Broad Street Parklet has on…

Parklet Data Analysis: On-Site Observations

In this post, we explore the data collected from six weeks of field work on Broad Street, accounting for over 15 hours of on-site study and recording the behavior of nearly 3,000 total pedestrians. Key Discoveries Roughly half (47%) of all pedestrians use Broad Street as a pass-through corridor, entering the observation zone on their way…

Parklet Data Analysis: User Perception Surveys

In this post, we explore the data collected from 70+ parklet user perception surveys collected during July of 2018. Our questions ask participants to consider the economic impact of parklets and the effect they have on the surrounding community atmosphere. Key Discoveries Social & Economic Impact Survey participants are overwhelmingly optimistic about the parklet and…

Parklet Data Analysis: Social Media Response

During the week of June 17, 2018, three local news sources covered the installation of our Broad Street Parklet (see Morning Call, 69 News, and Lehigh Valley Live). In this post, we explore some of the themes that emerged as over one hundred individuals discussed these articles on Facebook. Key Discoveries The majority of online commenters…

Press Conference & Data Report Video

The Lehigh Valley Parklet team held a press conference of the summer on Wednesday, August 1, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. This press conference focused on the data we collected over the summer, including over a hundred on-site observations and dozens of user surveys. Video: Slides: Date and Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 4:00 pm…

News Coverage: The Morning Call

On June 22, 2018, The Morning Call published an article, “In Bethlehem, park your keisters here,” covering the parklet project and installation. Nicole Radzievich reports on both the design and purpose of the project, writing: The parklet, a project of Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Initiative, provides the public a respite in front of Joe’s Tavern, which wants to inject more…

News Coverage: 69 News

On June 22, 2018, WFMZ 69 News reported on the installation of the Broad St. parklet, which occurred that very morning. The video news segment, “New parklet installed in Bethlehem for socialization” offers a brief overview of the parklets and our associated urban development study: The parklet is a miniature public park designed to fit…

Press Conference (6/20)

We’re having a public press conference this coming Wednesday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 to provide an overview of the Lehigh Valley Parklet project. You are invited to come to hear about why parklets matter for the Lehigh Valley. The press conference is free and open to the public, but please register if you plan on…

Project Methodology

Given our team’s goal of improving the pedestrian experience in the Broad St. neighborhood, it is important for us to collect data that speaks to pedestrian concerns. We used data collection tools designed to capture local perceptions of the Broad St., including the visitors’ sense of safety and comfort. Our data collection process consists of two key…

News Coverage: Lehigh Valley Live

On June 7, 2018, lehighvalleylive published “Want more seating in downtown Bethlehem? This parklet could save the day” covering our Broad St. parklet installation.  Reporting on the aim of the project, Marisa Iati writes: The reviews last year were mixed: The parklets were either great places to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine or eyesores tarnishing…