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Programming can also be closely related to stewardship: the partners who help create a short-term community event may be the same people or organizations involved in long-term stewardship and activation of neighborhood public spaces. The possibilities for programming are endless, and offerings should respond to local needs and tastes. This section provides a short menu of ideas to get you started!

Neighborhood Demographics and Needs Capacity Partnerships with Local Businesses and Organizations Planning + Logistics

Programming is a critical element to enhancing community excitement about and ownership of new public spaces and infrastructure projects. A fun and festive atmosphere can attract a broad audience, expanding the circle of participants and allowing project leaders to reach people who may not be engaged in the typical planning process (i.e. those who may not be able to attend a public meeting in a community center on a weekday night!). Depending on the project time interval and goals, interactive activities to gather public input can be an important element of any event or activation.


Permitting (Consider options for City agencies to reduce permit public programming) barriers for small-scale, free Marketing and Outreach Budget AV / Power / Water Access (If required) Supporting Amenities (Seating, shade, food, etc.) Informational Signs Set-Up / Clean-Up Logistics Evaluation

Photos left to right: A Yoga to The People class in Buena Vista Park, San Jose, CA (Street Plans); Children take to the Scott Street demonstration project, (Street Plans); Children work together to paint a mural in a San Jose, CA alleyway known for crime (Street Plans); A capoeira demonstration takes place at the Sweet Auburn “Living Beyond Expectations demonstration project in Atlanta, GA (Street Plans).

80 · MATERIALS PALETTE · Programming

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

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