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March 3, 2016 7:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Tactical Urbanism

stl10Tactical urbanism is a mechanism for changing the built environment in a fluid and meaningful way. Creative approaches to uplifting and recycling existing resources can result in more engaged community members and a different lens through which to view existing common spaces.

Tactical urbanism also provides an alternative to barriers such as cost or political will. The temporary, affordable solutions offered through tactical urbanism can be a first step in making bigger changes in a community.

An editorial featured on the Center for Active Design website highlights tactical urbanism and its potential for sustainable change. The article discusses foundational examples of tactical urbanism, including the Better Block approach, and reviews the Street Plans Collaborative’s guide Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change. The guide outlines the different characteristics of tactical urbanism as well as many examples from across the United States.

Read the article to learn more about projects and initiatives that change the relationships between people and their communities.

Want to learn more? America Walks is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, March 8, at 2 p.m. ET to explore how the use of tactical urbanism in local communities has resulted in increased access to physical activity. Register here!

Check out a previous Plan4Health blog post highlighting the St. Louis Plan4Health coalition’s creative use of spare tires, and visit the Plan4Health tactical urbanism resource collection.

Image from St. Louis Plan4Health coalition.