Once thought to be an urban design trend, April’s Landscape Architecture Magazine focuses its April issue on the enduring power of Tactical Urbanism. Along with many other colleagues and collaborators, Street Plans’ work is prominently featured in the Magazine’s lead article. “The appeal of these kinds of interventions is a kind of made-by-hand aesthetic,” Lydon says. “It feels very human. It speaks to people who are not designers in a very important way. Most people who engage with these spaces don’t read Landscape Architecture Magazine. They don’t understand an axial or an aerial plan. But they get the immediacy and the human quality and the materiality.”
As one of the movement’s founders, Mike Lydon recognizes the limits of temporary public space. Tactical urbanism isn’t going to solve issues such as affordable housing, access to transit, and food access, but it can be done in tandem with that, he says. “It’s never about just the one day or the one month of the project, but where we are on the arc of transformation and making political and social change.”
It’s Landscape Architecture month, so the whole issue is free!
Alongside a number of community members and project proponents, Mike Lydon shared some of his thoughts for Streetfilms about the Barcelona Superblock, an urban design approach that seeks to return the majority of street space to community use. The innovative approach has captured attention across the globe, garnering more than 80,000 plays in 6 months, making it the Streetfilm of the year!
The New Tropic, an important community news site in Miami, recently published an article from our Project Manager, Dana Wall. The article provides an overview of recent pilot programs that have been launched in the city to test infrastructure and allow citizens to “take back their streets.” Dana also discusses the challenges behind the permitting processes that are required by local authorities and the need for local government to work alongside community members for these pilot programs to translate to sustained change.
Over the course of 4 days, Street Plans led the transformation of a .3-mile stretch of Coxe Avenue in Asheville, NC. The project team comprised of volunteers from Asheville on Bikes, the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club and the AARP.
The team created 6 new crosswalks, a .3-mile parking and barrier-protected multi-use path, and installed a 6,000 sq. ft. mural created by Sound Mind Creative to test pedestrian and bicycle safety solutions on the corridor. These changes focused on making public spaces more accesible, safe, and functional for al users. While this pilot project may last up to a year, it will inform the city’s ultimate redesign of Coxe Avenue in the short-term.
Click HERE for an article on the project installation!
Street Plans has teamed up with the City of Honolulu to implement a two-phase tactical urbanism project starting in 2019. The first phase will consist of a pilot project that will test an existing design while involving community members and City partners. The second phase will focus on developing a quick-build program for the City to test and implement other community-led projects to make communities safer and more walkable.
Click HERE for more information about this upcoming project!
The implementation of the PlanBTV Walk/Bike bicycle master plan and the quick build methodology program created by Street Plans for the City of Burlington is underway!
This comprehensive plan for active transport included recommendations for streetscapes that accommodate walkers and cyclists and that will ultimately create demand for better (and greener) public transit. These measures are designed to encourage safer, more convenient and more predictable transit infrastructure for folks who ply all modes of transportation, from semi-trucks to electric scooters.
Click HERE to see an article about the new streetscape changes in Burlington!
Street Plans is working with Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. and Hartford’s Capital Region Council of Governments to advance the implementation of Complete Streets by writing a regional guide for embedding a Tactical Urbanism approach to project delivery. On October 24th and 25th Street Plans collaborated with the City of New Britain, Connecticut to get a working model on the ground. The demonstration project consisted of a community art mural on a portion of Jubilee Street with the goal of providing more public space in the East Side neighborhood.
Click HERE and HERE to see some articles about Jubilee Plaza!
On October 13, the City of Jersey City and Street Plans tested a temporary .4-mile protected bikeway as part of the engagement process for the Let’s Ride JC Bicycle Master Plan. The lane was designed to be 75% wider than other lanes in Jersey City to welcome people using bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades. This effort was led by Street Plans with support from Arterial, Equitable Cities, Streetfilms, and many community groups and city departments who desire safer streets.
Earlier in the year, an analysis of the current state of Jersey City’s bicycle network was made, noting where existing infrastructure could be improved and identifying possible corridors for new infrastructure. A series of public workshops were then held where the community was able to provided input and share ideas for the final plan. One of these ideas was tested along 6 blocks on Bergen Avenue on during JCAST 2018, the city’s three-day, citywide arts festival. Following the demonstration project, the project team will develop a comprehensive, actionable bike master plan and design guidelines for new and improved bicycle infrastructure citywide.
On Wednesday, October 17th, Street Plans started installing temporary painted curb extensions on NE 3rd Avenue in Downtown Miami as part of a multi-day activation called Taste of Avenue 3. This activation is the first of many in support of a long-term initiative called Avenue 3 Miami, catalyzed by Downtown resident Steve Dutton. Steve is fighting for a number of improvements to this corridor, including a new homeless initiative, better lighting, and parklets that will reallocate space in better support of pedestrians.
From the 17th to the 18th, Street Plans had over 25 volunteers help paint the street, plant planters, and prepare two parklets created by Moonlighter Makerspace for installation. The demonstration was activated on Friday, the 19th with seating, shade, and games, encouraging passersby to engage and provide feedback. To culminate the activation, the project team put on a community dinner in the street on Saturday evening complete with small bites from the NE 3rd Avenue restaurants, music, and dancing. With 452 tickets sold, the evening event raised over $6,500 to support Avenue 3 Miami’s future initiatives.
The event was attended by County Commissioner Eileen Higgins, and City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell joined volunteers in painting on Wednesday.
Keep following the long-term project at avenue3miami.org, and at @avenue3miami, and check the @mdtquickbuild Instagram platforms for updates on the next project you can be involved in! The above video was filmed by our friends at Streetfilms.