Community-Design Trends in Coastal Towns

Street Plans principal, Mike Lydon, is quoted in this Coastal Living article about rising community design trends in beach towns. The article highlights trends that create vibrant waterfronts and walkable downtowns. Lydon says that smart street design is key in making places that are walkable and accesible to not just pedestrians and bikes, but also for scooters, electric bikes, and all forms of active mobility. 

The article highlights Street Plans’ Tactical Urbanists’s Guide to Materials and Design to encourage city and community leaders to use Tactical Urbanism as a way to advance long-term goals related to street safety, public space, and more in their cities.

Street Plans’ Workshop with West Palm Beach Results in Intersection Mural

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West Palm Beach, FL is one of six “Beta City” partners that Street Plans is working with as part of the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design project. Street Plans delivered a workshop designed to expand West Palm Beach’s familiarity and comfort with planning and executing collaborative demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects.

As a result of the workshop, the City of West Palm Beach and Downtown West Palm Beach decided upon a large mural at the intersection of South Tamarind Avenue and Fern Street to beautify the street, slow down cars, and make the intersection safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Students from Dreyfoos School of the Arts designed the intersection and the City of West Palm Beach implemented the project. 

Click HERE to see a video covering the project. 

Fayetteville, AR Installs Pilot Mini-Roundabout as a Result of Street Plans’ Workshop

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Last November, Street Plans’ facilitated a Tactical Urbanism Materials Guide Workshop with the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, designed to expand Fayetteville’s familiarity and comfort with planning and executing collaborative demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects. The City was the third of six “Beta City” partners that Street Plans will work with as part of the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design project.

As a result of Street Plans’ workshop, the City of Fayetteville installed a pilot mini-roundabout, in partnership with Travel with Care NWA.

According to Dane Rifling, the Bicycle Programs Coordinator with the City of Fayetteville, the City doesn’t always have the staff or time available to address residents’ concerns, such as speeding or walkability in their neighborhoods. Tactical Urbanism provides a possible solution.

The project is part of the larger corridor plan to link the Razorback Greenway with Fayetteville’s Downtown square. The workshop explored a variety of intersection design options and bikeway treatments that can be delivered quickly and at a low cost.

Check out a full article summarizing the Tactical Urbanism mini-roundabout HERE.

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.