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The parklets promised to be a social hub, a nexus of activity, a tiny urban oasis where locals could gather to chat, read, sip coffee, tap away on their laptops, or simply enjoy the thrill of being part of a metropolitan streetscape.
Instead, Boston’s two inaugural parklets — on-street parking spots converted into miniparks — landed with more of a thud than a bang.
Since the parklets’ installation in Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill in early September, observations from abutters and passersby suggested that they were hardly the happening spots in town.