Street Plans traveled to Louisville, KY for the 27th annual Congress for the New Urbanism. During the conference, team members Mike Lydon, Dana Wall, and Ed Janoff led sessions on best practices for asphalt art, creating value through placemaking, and unconventional public engagement strategies using Tactical Urbanism. In advance of the Congress, Street Plans led a CNU Legacy Project workshop in the East Portland neighborhood. Over the course of 2 days, Street Plans met community members to find ways to accelerate improved connectivity within East Portland and look at tactical urbanism solutions that can be implemented in the near future.
Mike Lydon and Dana Wall traveled to the 2019 Urban Resilience Summit in Rotterdam, The Netherlands to lead a demonstration project as a part of the Tactical Urbanism Living Lab, one of 12 on-site conference sessions on Wednesday, July 10th. Street Plans designed a “plaza” to be implemented with duct tape that would define an area to engage both passersby and summit participants in a feedback exercise for a commercial corridor in Rotterdam’s Feijenoord neighborhood. Street Plans laid out the markings for the design, and with summit participants installed the plaza using colorful duct tape in the colors of the city and of the neighborhood’s professional soccer team.
What’s the ROI of Tactical Urbanism? Our friends at State of Place ran an analysis of our recent Asheville Street Tweaks project with Asheville on Bikes and Asheville City Government to find out. While the intervention on Coxe Avenue focused on shared mobility and enhancing walkability, the study showed the impacts were felt far beyond the right of way.
The State of Place index score rose from 42.3 to 71.8, with a projected value capture of $3,510,323, or a return of $23.10 for every dollar invested. Not bad for $150k ($30k worth of paint, planters, and recycled plastic barriers)!
Our best-selling book, Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, was recently translated into Russian by the Strelka Press. Principals Mike Lydon and Tony Garcia were invited to Moscow to celebrate the launch of the 6th volume of the publication series by hosting a lecture about simple but effective guidelines for urban transformation at the Strelka Institute.
Street Plans Principal, Mike Lydon, keynoted an open session for a smart growth series program in Niagara Falls titled “Imagining a More Livable NF.” The program was launched to explore solutions for the future of the City of Niagara Falls centered around the built environment and the livability of the city. The open sessions focused on issues like mobility, housing, and placemaking.
Lydon hosted a session during which he went over the principles of tactical urbanism and its power to create more walkable and livable urban spaces. Attendees had the opportunity to present questions and have an open conversation about how to improve walkability and multi-modal options in the city.