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Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change Paperback – March 17, 2015
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About the Author
Anthony Garcia is Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. A leader in civic advocacy in South Florida, he was Managing Editor and Publisher of TransitMiami.com, an award-winning blog dedicated to planning and transportation in South Florida. He was also Project Director for six years at the firm of Chael Cooper & Associates Architects. He serves as part-time faculty at the University of Miami School of Architecture and is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
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Tactical Urbanism captures a way of thinking about city-building that injects imagination into the process. Whether applied by city officials or neighborhood leaders, Tactical Urbanism provides an outline for how-to prototype new ideas about our buildings, streets and neighborhoods.
I’ve seen first-hand how applying the tools and processes discussed in this book can help wake-up a neighborhood; reversing decades of disinvestment in a short period. Tactical Urbanism guides neighborhood leaders in how to highlight the potential of a place or an idea. More importantly it encourages residents to stop talking about what needs to be done and start doing.
Tactical Urbanism is not just for neighborhood activists. As the book points out city officials are increasingly applying a “test and then invest” approach when testing new configurations of an intersection or effectiveness of a traffic calming design before investing in the approach. This type of thinking makes sense in cities with shrinking resources.
Perhaps most inspiring is that the authors of Tactical Urbanism provide an outlet for the frustration of citizens that want to see action in building stronger, more interesting places. I highly recommend this book for anyone interesting in rebuilding cities.