The Results Are in for Street Plans/Happy City’s Shore to Core Project

On January 24th, Street Plans implemented a day-long public space experiment and intervention along the waterfront in Downtown West Palm Beach. The project was funded by the Van Alen Institute and was conducted in collaboration with the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency‘s Shore to Core Initiative. The experiment was led by Happy City‘s Charles Montgomery, and in collaboration with University of Virginia Center for Design and Health‘s Dr. Jennifer Roe, PhD, Space Syntax and supported by an intervention led by Street Plans. 

The project team transformed a sparse and underutilized public space along the waterfront promenade for one day. Using theories from environmental psychology, the design was meant to create feelings of fascination and a sense of exoticism from everyday life. Art, plants, and historical images focused people’s attention on the water and its history. The team then measured the effects those interventions created on visitors’ emotions, bodies, and behavior. 

“The intervention actually caused a change in people’s behavior. This restorative environment induced people to spend more time at the site. The number of people observed in stationary activities at the site increased more than fivefold during the intervention. This is exactly what we need to see if we want to bring life to underperforming public space” says Street Plans’ own Sherryl Muriente. 

Click HERE to see the press release and HERE to view the full report on the project’s results. 

Street Plans Leads One-Day Tactical Urbanism Demonstration in Garden Grove, CA

    

On Saturday, April 1st, Street Plans implemented a series of Tactical Urbanism demonstration projects in Garden Grove, CA as a part of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Go Human region-wide safety and encouragement campaign. In partnership with the City of Garden Grove, GG Open Streets, and Alta Planning + Design and with the help of local volunteers, Street Plans created a temporary protected bike lane, a bike route, a neighborhood greenway, and an enhanced median island with art crosswalks.

Street Plans + Architecture Students Perform Tactical Urbanism in Monterrey

 

On March 10th, Street Plans Principal Mike Lydon returned to work in Monterrey, Mexico with architecture students from Tecnológico de Monterrey – Campus Monterrey and the school’s affiliated non-profit organization Distrito TEC. This was his fourth visit to work the students.

For one day, they temporarily transformed an underutilized street corner on the school’s campus to better connect the campus to the surrounding community. The project included tearing down a fence on the edge of the school, painting a temporary curb extension with seating, and activating the green space on the corner with tables, chairs, games, a food truck, live music, and art. Click HERE to read more.