Street Plans Leads Alley “Makeover” Demonstration Project in San Jose

Street Plans Leads Alley “Makeover” Demonstration Project in San Jose

In partnership with the Greenbelt Alliance and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, and in collaboration with neighborhood groups and local businesses, Street Plans led a temporary demonstration project that transformed part of a long-neglected alley in San Jose, CA into a welcoming community gathering place. The alley makeover included an unveiling of a newly-painted mural, as well as  temporary elements such as pop-up public seating areas, landscaping, and programming. The project was intended to catalyze action in an otherwise overlooked part of the neighborhood, offering possibilities for how it could fulfill residents’ and business owners’ future visions for the area.

For more details, check out what The Mercury News had to say about the Back Alley Block Party!

Image credits: (1) James Rincon (2 and 3) Jimmy O’Hare (4) Christy Dunbar

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Behind the Scenes of Tactical Urbanism in Portsmouth, NH

Behind the Scenes of Tactical Urbanism in Portsmouth, NH

PS21, Street Plans’ partner in the recently completed Islington Street Lab Tactical Urbanism demonstration project, published a video and summary report of the firm’s work in Portsmouth, NH. The community-based demonstration project spanned five weeks in May and June, and ended with the temporary transformation of Islington Street between Albany and Bartlett Streets in the West End of Portsmouth.

Since the demonstration project, the City of Portsmouth has decided to move forward with a 30-day pilot project testing various elements– like curb extensions and new crosswalks– that were included in the project.