Did the tiny bench-and-planters installation now parked in front of a Heights mattress store strike a nerve for some Swamplot readers? Judging from the comments section for some of Swamplot’s coverage of the project, that certainly does appear to be the case. But it looks like the PR firm charged with promoting the city of Houston’s first officially permitted parklet is set on tapping that nerve as if it were a gold mine. The video above, just posted to YouTube by the Black Sheep Agency, shows purported actual Heights residents performing dramatic readings of Swamplot readers’ more entertaining comments about the parklet, which now blocks access to what was formerly a single angled, head-in parking space in front of the firm’s client, the New Living Bedroom store at 321 W. 19th St. (New Living paid for construction of the parklet and is responsible for maintaining it, according to an agreement with the city, which considers the effort a pilot program.)
Some of those comments, it should be noted, were clearly made with a sense of outrage at the project, which was inaugurated in a ceremony last week attended by Mayor Parker and a couple of city councilmembers. But a few other submissions appear to have been tongue-in-cheek. That distinction may be lost in the video, but in return viewers are treated to a few choice enactments of reader suggestions for what to do in the space.
- The 19th Street National Parklett: NOT A Park For Ants [The Black Sheep Agency]
- Previously on Swamplot: More Pics of That New Parklet Now Taking Up Valuable Parking Space on 19th St. in the Heights; Houston’s First Official Parklet Is Now Resting Outside a 19th St. Mattress Store
Video: The Black Sheep Agency. Photo: Adam Brackman