New words – 31 August 2015

parklet

parklet noun a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit

Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

[WNYC: Brian Lehrer Show (US news and current events) 15 April 2015]

 

desire path noun a worn area of grass where people often walk

People create with their own feet what we call desire paths where they just walk on the lawn because there is no sidewalk.

[WNYC: Brian Lehrer Show (US news and current events) 15 April 2015]

DIY urbanism noun small-scale urban improvements such as the installation of street seating outside a cafe or store, undertaken by small local groups or businesses

Well, DIY urbanism is usually done solely by small groups.

[WNYC: Brian Lehrer Show (US news and current events) 15 April 2015]

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