from StrongTowns website:
DateWednesday, April 13, 2011 | AuthorCharles Marohn
Sometimes we want to make change but working within the system is just not getting it done. Sometimes the change we desire just needs a little nudge to get going. And sometimes it's just fun to go rogue, all for the cause of making our cities better.
Sometimes you need some Tactical Urbanism.
My fellow CNU NextGen'rs Mike Lydon and Dan Bartman (Twitter) along with Ronald Woudstra and Aurash Khawarzad have created and published a guide to making immediate change at the block level. Tactical Urbanism, the name of the report and the approach, is a do-it-yourself mashup of Jane Jacobs thinking and the Sons of Liberty tactics. This toolbox is exaclty what is needed for today's urbanist.
Tactical Urbanism is a pattern that features the following five characteristics:
1. A deliberate, phased approach to instigating change;
2. The offering of local solutions for local planning challenges;
3. Short-term commitment and realistic expectations;
4. Low-risks, with a possibly a high reward; and
5. The development of social capital between citizens and the building of organizational capacity between public-private institutions, non-profits, and their constituents.
Click here to read the entire article and to download the report: