It just got its name a few years ago, but there’s nothing about tactical urbanism that’s totally new.
The idea is simple: cheap, small, often temporary improvements to urban environments that make certain areas more lively, with little risk and potentially big reward.
That might mean a private citizen illegally paints a crosswalk in front of her home to slow down traffic. It might mean a city turns a parking lot in the center of its crown jewel park into an inviting plaza by repainting it and adding trees, chairs, tables and umbrellas.
It’s a way of thinking, more than anything, said Mike Lydon, who wrote the first guidebook on the concept three years ago and now travels the world implementing projects with an impact bigger than their physical size.
Friday’s PARK(ing) Day, where residents around the world turn literal parking spaces into temporary mini-parks, is one expression of it, and many San Diego organizations are expected to participate. The new pocket park downtown is another, as is the nearby beer garden/dog park/event space opening soon.
And most notably, the new low-cost, easy-to-implement Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park, which replaced an expensive and illegal behemoth project with the same objectives.
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@RickyWhy It's most nonprofits are horrible with this. I'd say about 99% don't have any recent 990s posted at all.
Tactical Urbanism is a great concept and in a city where it takes a proverbial act of God to get bird poop/stench removed from rocks I hope it takes hold.
Tactical Urbanism is an exciting self help concept. I hope that future beachfronts for these guerrilla actions will include "Bus Stop Days". We need to turn the creative juices on to making bus stops more live able. Can a book box or solar light be added? How about a folding chair. a potted plant or a sun shade Beach Umbrella?
There was a recent Mythbusters episode where they proved that roundabouts are more efficient at moving traffic than stop signs. If I wanted to replace a stop sign in my neighborhood with a roundabout, shouldn't it be relatively easy to get the city's approval to do a trial run with traffic cones and temporary signs? Then if the results are good, they could make it permanent.
Right now, it seems impossible to get anything like this done.
@Derek Hofmann Derek, remember, people in this city are entitled to stop signs and traffic lights. They should not have to accept anything new or different, regardless if its more efficient or effective at solving community problems. #raisetheballoon #poptheballoon
@Derek Hofmann Traffic circles are great, but don't they typically require rearranging the hardscape around the corners to make enough room for both vehicles and pedestrians, which cannot really be done with cones and signs? But your point is well taken.
@msginsd A mini roundabout can be as small as 13m (43 ft) in diameter. Corner to corner, many if not all intersections in San Diego currently served by stop signs are large enough for a roundabout.