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Parklets: Prophecy Of A Class’ Collapse

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10.07.13 - The parklet is a seemingly insignificant facet of the Bay Area’s urban landscape. But, with 38 installed in San Francisco, several in Oakland and over 50 more pending approval, the spread of parklets coincides with the growth of the Bay Area’s yupster contingent. Alongside this contingent is the luxury economy springing up in its service, and subsequent gentrification. The parklets’ physical construction and relationship to the new-fangled service industry is strikingly symbolic of Oakland and San Francisco’s swift gentrification. The fact of a tech boom’s eventual implosion is mirrored in the parklet’s temporary characteristics. Their shoddiness and imposition upon the urban environment reflects the impermanence of the luxury class frequenting them. Read…