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Parklets soon to pack up for winter after uninspiring inaugural season

Gioivanny Valencia checked out the Jamaica Plain public parklet at 351 Centre St. in Hyde Square.
Gioivanny Valencia checked out the Jamaica Plain public parklet at 351 Centre St. in Hyde Square.Matthew J. Lee/GlobeStaff

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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.

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