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Here’s a newish urban planning buzzword: lean urbanism.
So how is it different than tactical urbanism or new urbanism or smart growth or transit-oriented design or any of the other bits of euphemism used to describe new projects?
This one refers to projects that are small, can be approved quickly and can revitalize areas (or change them, depending on your perspective) without going through large-scale fights. Small projects don’t just mean faster decisions, they also limit the effects of gentrification or strain on local resources, proponents say.