Medellín Workshop: Inclusive Cities

 

More than 50 city mayors from 17 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain met in the city of Medellin, Colombia to exchange experiences and knowledge about social inclusion during three days. This annual meeting was part of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a program led by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that helps cities in Latin America and the Caribbean identify the challenges they face and find possible solutions.

From September 17 to 19, mayors, public officials, experts and directors of the IDB carried out presentations and discussions on urban security, social inclusion in neighborhoods, sustainable mobility, and effective and efficient fiscal management, viewed from the perspective of inclusion.

As part of this conference, Street Plans held a tactical urbanism workshop during which more than 50 mayors and 30 public officials from the Latin American region participated. The workshop focused on how tactical urbanism could enhance urban security, mobility and social inclusion in vulnerable neighborhoods.

Street Plans and Miami-Dade DTPW Kick Off Quick-Build Program

The Miami-Dade Transportation Quick-Build Program hit a big milestone this week with the completion of the first two selected projects! On Thursday and Friday, Street Plans, joined by DTPW, Miami Realtors, the Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, Miami Shores Village, RDA Studio, Moonlighter Makerspace, and neighbors painted an asphalt mural representative of the history of the Village– a former pineapple farm. This mural defines what is now called Plaza 98, a pedestrian plaza adjacent to the Miami Theater Center that will be the site of monthly community events on the second Friday of every month between now and the spring. The plaza held its kickoff event Saturday night with local music, food vendors, and games. 
 
On Saturday, Street Plans took to the streets with Quick-Build Program applicant William Moose to provide wayfinding for the City of Miami Little Havana Trolley riders. The signs indicate how to transfer from the trolley to adjacent routes of transit, and will serve as identifiers for the trolley stops until the city installs its permanent route signs. The signs were also supposed to be installed for the Coral Gables Trolley, but the conversation with the City of Coral Gables is ongoing.
 
These two projects are the first of 18 selected as a part of the Quick-Build Program, an ongoing collaboration between Street Plans, DTPW, and nonprofit Green Mobility Network, dedicated to making it easier for citizens to make meaningful transportation improvements to their neighborhoods. Made possible by NYC-based foundation TransitCenter and The Miami Foundation, the Quick-Build Program provides funding for technical assistance and/or materials for the implementation of the selected projects.
 
For more information on the Quick-Build Program, and to stay up to date with upcoming projects, visit www.quickbuild.greenmobilitynetwork.org, or follow the Program on Instagram at @mdtquickbuild.
 
Within hours of the installation of the trolley signage, trolley riders used the Program’s hashtags to highlight the project on social media.
 
 

Mike Lydon Gives Tactical Urbanism Lecture at Cornell

On Friday, September 8th, Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon gave a lecture to Cornell students and faculty about the Tactical Urbanism movement. 

“This exciting colloquium presentation will provide an overview of the global tactical urbanism movement supported by numerous case studies illustrating how this approach to neighborhood building and the project delivery process helps communities of all sizes make positive change happen fast.” 

Click here to see the lecture description. 

National Association of Realtors Highlights Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials & Design

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The National Association of Realtors highlighted Street Plans recently published Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials & Design, which is free to download here. The article notes that “with the new guide you will find out the nitty, gritty “how-to’s” of how to undertake a tactical urbanism project in your community. Cities, both large and small, are engaging in Tactical Urbanism and maybe it’s time to give it a try in your community.” Be sure to check out the full article.

We’re hiring!

Part-Time Job Opportunity at Street Plans San Francisco!

The Street Plans Collaborative is seeking a part-time employee in our small but growing San Francisco office to assist with a variety of projects focused on active transportation, placemaking, public engagement, and Tactical Urbanism. If you are a creative person who is passionate about creating better streets and better places, we’d love to hear from you! Click here to learn more.

Washington D.C. Materials Guide Workshop

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This blog post is one of 6 posts summarizing outcomes of the Beta City Workshop series Street Plans led as part of the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design project. To learn more about the Materials Guide, click here

Washington D.C. Workshop: 

Street Plans led a workshop with Washington D.C. on Wednesday, October 26th and was attended by approximately 25 staff representing a variety of roles across each department.

As one of six “Beta City” partners associated with the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design project, Street Plans led Washington D.C. in a workshop with the goal of expanding the City’s familiarity and comfort with planning and executing collaborative demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects. The workshop focus was developed collaboratively by two workshop coordinators: Dan Emerine – Senior Transportation Planner at the DC Office of Planning (OP); and Colleen Hawkinson – Manager, Strategic Planning Branch at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

Based on each agency’s needs and priorities, OP and DDOT chose to focus the Workshop on advancing a Tactical Urbanism pilot project at the intersection of Florida Avenue NW, North Capitol Street, Q Street NE, and Lincoln Road NE. DDOT’s Mid-City East Livability Study outlined a proposal for long-term improvements at this intersection to improve safety and mobility for people walking, biking, and driving.

The goal of the October 26 Workshop was to design a pilot project at the target intersection that would:

  • Test recommendations from the Mid-City East Livability Study, creating progress towards long-term implementation;
  • Help attendees increase their level of comfort with techniques and materials for Tactical Urbanism projects; and
  • Increase collaboration across City departments, and between City and community stakeholders.

To kick off the Workshop, participants joined in a site visit to examine challenges and opportunities at the focus intersection. Following the site visit, workshop attendees reconvened in a meeting room and split into two teams to develop draft design proposals for pilot projects at the target intersection, working in groups comprised of both DDOT, OP, and Mayoral staff. Each team was provided with a packet of temporary materials which might be appropriate for the project, excerpted from the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design.

In addition to sketching design ideas, teams were asked to map out a rough list of materials and costs, potential partners, and an implementation timeline. At the end of approximately 90 minutes of design activities, each team shared their final ideas and work plans with the larger group. Working from each group’s ideas, attendees solidified the vision for a pilot project that could be implemented in Spring 2017.

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Street Plans Principals Mike Lydon and Tony Garcia Awarded 2017 Seaside Prize

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The Seaside Institute has awarded Street Plans Principals Mike Lydon and Tony Garcia with the 2017 Seaside Prize. “The Seaside Institute awards The Seaside Prize each year to individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities. The recipients of the Prize have a major influence on how our towns and cities can best be built and re-built to reflect and promote walkability, diversity, beauty, and sustainability.” On the weekend of February 24-26, Mike and Tony will be honored and will perform a Tactical Urbanism Demonstration. See the article announcing the award HERE.

Advocates Press for Bike/Pedestrian Path on NYC’s Verrazano Bridge

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Streetsblog NYC wrote an article highlighting the need for a bike and pedestrian path over the Verrazano Bridge. Street Plans Principal Mike Lydon is one of the leaders of the Harbor Ring Committee, an advocacy group campaigning to connect a 50-mile bike route around the New York Harbor. The Verrazano Bridge is a huge gap in the proposed loop. Advocates last Saturday lined up to put their bikes on the very limited bike racks on the S53 buses that cross the bridge, making a statement that cyclists need a safe, separated path across.

Street Plans Leads Public Meetings in Northwest Arkansas

Street Plans Leads Public Meetings in Northwest Arkansas

As a part of BikeNWA, a series of bike infrastructure demonstration projects in Northwest Arkansas to come this month, Street Plans, the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks, and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, are leading public meetings in Bella Vista, Bentonville, and Rogers to gather input on project design and implementation. After the meetings, the three cities will be implementing low-stress bikeways at the end of the month that will allow them to physically test out ideas for bicycle trails and on-street infrastructure (like protected bike lanes, trail connections, and pavement markings). This approach will provide each city’s residents and businesses with the opportunity to experience a “rendering in real time” to evaluate new street design treatments before making substantial financial and political commitments to more permanent investments.

Check out BikeNWA’s website for more information about the public meetings and demonstration projects, and this news post recapping Rogers’ first meeting.

Top: Meeting attendees from Bella Vista, AR discuss project alternatives at the first gathering on September 28, 2016. Photo by Street Plans.

Bottom: Tony Garcia from Street Plans engages meeting attendees in a conversation about the project route in Rogers on September 29, 2016. Photo by Street Plans.

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