Lexington Avenue “parklet” under construction

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Larry Halstead is a tech nerd with an affinity for arts & sports. Reppin' the hard streets of South Asheville for almost 15 years. He's made this city home and has vowed to never stop fighting to keep it as weird & unique as possible.

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“Parklet” being built in Asheville. Image from OPEN Asheville on Facebook.

From OPEN Asheville, the organization seeking to create a small temporary public green spaces in select parking spaces on Lexington Avenue. If they are constructed and installed, the so-called “parklets” will be open during LAAFF, Sept. 1 and 2:

OPEN’s Lexington Parklet is under construction!

Thanks to a major donor, we have purchased the necessary materials for the Parklet’s steel frame platform. We’re using composite decking (made from recycled plastic) and will be installing the Parklet platform for the LAAF Festival (Sept.1-2).

We still need materials and funds donations for the seating, bar top, lighting, planter boxes, plants, and information signage.

The dedication and unveiling of the completed Lexington Parklet will be Sept. 21st, international PARK(ing) Day!

Please visit our campaign page to make a tax-deductible donation towards our ongoing effort to foster more livable, walkable, people friendly streets throughout Asheville.

Thank you for your support. 🙂

www.indiegogo.com/lexington-parklet

Parklet background here.

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Larry Halstead is a tech nerd with an affinity for arts & sports. Reppin' the hard streets of South Asheville for almost 15 years. He's made this city home and has vowed to never stop fighting to keep it as weird & unique as possible.

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11 Comments

  1. Simon November 22, 2012

    Great comment Blue.

    Did you mean smoking hot babes, or babies that smoke cigarettes or actually smoking babies-where there is smoke there is fire?

    How did it all turn out?

    Who dominates this parklet?
    Does it vary trhough the day?

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  2. Blue September 4, 2012

    I think it should be reserved for smoking babies.

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  3. ThePhan August 23, 2012

    Smokers are the greatest source of litter in downtown and elsewhere. Keep ’em out of parks…any parks.

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    1. Boba August 24, 2012

      I agree with Phan. The world is the smoker’s ashtray. God forbid y’all put the butt in your pocket. Your breath stink, your clothes stink and all while giving your dumbass cancer or any other fatal disease. I’d rather listen to the baby cry, which seems ironically fitting.

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  4. Nate August 22, 2012

    I’m still not convinced that the parklet isn’t just a silly idea, but it’s been given the official thumbs up as a temporary “park” by the city, and that should mean that city park rules apply. Those rules include a prohibition on smoking.

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  5. M August 22, 2012

    besides, we all know the homeless are just going to pee on them anyway.

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  6. M August 22, 2012

    I’m with this forrest guy. Keep your crying babies out of my personal space. Whats to stop these public spaces from being hogged up by mega-strollers?

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  7. Kate August 22, 2012

    What is going to prevent these “parklets” from becoming and outdoor seating/smoking area for Izzy’s customers? Every time I walk by the coffee shop there are 4-5 people out there puffing away. Aren’t they just going to take a seat at the parklet?

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    1. Forrest August 22, 2012

      Yes,we should prevent people from smoking,drinking coffee, and hanging out! That makes sense Kate! Let’s have this space be only for people who fit your culture mold. How bout crying babies, burning sage sticks, and feral kittens.

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      1. Kate August 22, 2012

        Clearly wanting the parklet to not become a smokers depot is me trying to push my values on others… OR, maybe it would be nice for people of all walks of life to be able to enjoy a public space without having to be exposed to second hand smoke. I have a baby (that cries sometimes), drink coffee and hang out. To imply that I would want to prevent people from hanging out just b/c I doesn’t want to sit in the middle of a group of smokers is ridiculous.

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        1. Forrest August 22, 2012

          Then sit there when people aren’t smoking…go with all your friends and let your babies cry and wail and the smokers will most likely not join you. If we have to listen to your baby cry then you have to suffer others’ annoyances too. I don’t smoke nor have a baby but I put up with both because this is life, this a city, and I don’t expect other people to conform to my decisions. If you don’t like it there are nice suburbs for you to sit in…

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