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What is Tactical Urbanism?

Tactical Urbanism is all about action. Also known as DIY Urbanism, Tactical Urbanism refers to a city, organizational, and/or citizen-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost and scalable projects or interventions to bring about long-term change related to street safety, public space and more.

Over the past decade Tactical Urbanism has become an international movement, creating a shift in how communities think about project development and delivery.

In between the planning and the realization of a complete community vision is a stage of testing ideas in the real world, and that is what tactical urbanism is all about. Temporary bicycle lanes and public spaces, colorful crosswalks, turning parking lots into pop-up parks—such activities are taking place across America. This concept gets planning off of the paper and involves the community in creating their own change.


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