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SHORT-TERM ACTION F LONG-TERM CHANGE Pedestrian Plazas. Parklets. Pilot Complete Streets Upgrades. Pop-up Bike Lanes. Whether you live in a community large or small, you’ve likely seen it for yourself. Cities around the world are using flexible and short-term projects to advance long-term goals related to street safety, public space, and more. Examples include highly-visible and formalized efforts, such as New York’s Pavement to Plazas program, or San Francisco’s parklet program, both of which have been replicated in dozens of cities across North America. Examples may also be seen in rapid implementation of small projects to advance Vision Zero goals, such as with San Francisco MTA’s commitment to complete at least 24 traffic safety improvements within 24 months of adopting the Vision Zero framework. At the same time, governments, non-profits and grassroots groups are undertaking small-scale

“demonstration projects” (typically lasting 1 to 7 days) to experiment with and gather input on potential street design changes. At this time interval, projects may come in the form of pop-up crosswalks or curb extensions created by frustrated residents or activists in the middle of the night. Or, they may be sponsored by departments of transportation or public works, as part of public outreach for a corridor or master planning process. Whether officially sponsored or not, demonstration projects are typically heavy on volunteers and collaboration and light on budget. Whatever the time interval, this approach is all about action. Also known as DIY Urbanism, Planning-bydoing, urban acupuncture, or Urban Prototyping - call it whatever resonates in your community - Tactical Urbanism refers to a city, organizational, and/or citizen-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions to catalyze long-term change.

Tactical Urbanism is an approach to neighborhood building that uses short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions and policies to catalyze long term change.

From left to right, Wikimedia Commons; Nina Muntenau; Dave Schlabowske; Street Plans


Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Materials and Design v.1.0  

The only materials and design guidance for Tactical Urbanist demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects. Funded by the James L. Knigh...

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