Short-term, community-based projects — from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives — have become a powerful and adaptable tool for downtown activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities.
These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the tactical urbanism movement.
Whether creating vibrant plazas seemingly overnight or re-imagining parking spaces as neighborhood gathering places, they offer a way to gain public and government support for investing in permanent projects, and inspire residents and civic leaders to experience and shape urban spaces in a new way.
Tactical Urbanism, is written by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia, two founders of the movement. In this fully-illustrated book they provide:
- A brief history of the tactical urbanism movement and its place among other social, political, and urban planning trends.
- Detailed case studies, including guerilla wayfinding signs in Raleigh, NC, pavement transformed into parks in San Francisco, CA, a street art campaign leading to a new streetcar line in El Paso, TX, and more.
- A detailed toolkit for conceiving, planning, and carrying out projects, including how to adapt them based on local needs and challenges.