Thanks to the appropriately named ParkMobile, San Francisco may be the first American metropolis to introduce itinerant esplanades into their city budget. The idea is simple: Inject some life into the drab, glass-and-steel appearance of the urban jungle.
Two bright red dumpsters form the chassis of the ParkMobile, with a towing truck attached that provides the "mobility" in the equation. Each dumpster is 16 feet long and 6 feet wide and sports a pair of benches and a grove of greenery in between. Although they move about, occupying precious parking spaces, these green spaces have attracted the interest and curiosity of the city's eco-minded denizens.
The ParkMobile is a clear indication of the growing direction of inner city architecture. As San Francisco's urban density blew up in the late '90s -- currently at 17,505 citizens per square mile -- the city's promenades turned into parkettes and finally into ParkMobiles. It may be worrisome, but it's an ordinary part of the economization of space.
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