In a city where innovating is as natural as breathing, it’s no surprise a group of San Francisco designers looked at a parking spot seven years ago and thought, “leafy urban oasis!”

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In a city where innovating is as natural as breathing, it’s no surprise a group of San Francisco designers looked at a parking spot seven years ago and thought, “leafy urban oasis!”

From that kernel from design firm Rebar, parklets, the parking-spots-turned-pop-up-parks, were born. SF quickly latched onto the idea and created Pavement to Parks, the city-funded program that sponsored the first official parklet (above).

The trend has since spread West-wide, with mini parks sprouting up as unique the neighborhoods they live in, like Seattle’s Sunset Substation Park, which will turn a defunct electrical station into a green space with a solar-powered canopy.

In the go-West department, we’ve even inspired East Coast cities like Boston and Chicago to give them a shot. A few of our favorites:

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