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.

Tactical Urbanism Featured on Landscape Architecture Magazine

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

Go Human Demonstration Events win National Planning Achievement Award

Tactical Urbanism is as much about engaging people as it about the physical delivery of better streets and better places. Street Plans is proud to announce that the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Go Human Tactical Urbanism Demonstration Events have received a Silver 2019 National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach from the American Planning Association.

Alongside partners ALTA Planning + Design, Streetfilms, and Katherine Padilla & Associates, Street Plans developed and implemented 9 Tactical Urbanism demonstration projects as a part of SCAG’s Go Human region-wide safety and encouragement campaign from 2016-2017. The primary goal of the Tactical Urbanism approach to the campaign was to promote region-wide walking and biking, and to allow residents to temporarily experience streets that are designed for people walking, cycling, and using transit.

For all nine projects Street Plans was tasked with assisting with community engagement (TAC meetings, volunteer coordination etc.) and leading the design, materials procurement, and implementation of the demonstration project elements. The temporary treatments allowed event attendees to experience an enhanced walking and biking boulevard, catalyzing momentum towards permanent change in the future.

Streefilm of the Year features Mike Lydon and the Barcelona Superblock

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! 

Street Plans Publishes Miami Opinion Piece

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.

Click HERE for the article!

Redesigning Coxe Avenue

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!

Check out a few photos of the final result below:

 

Tactical Urbanism in Honolulu

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 Burlington Quick-Build Program is Underway!

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!