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Published on Jul 3, 2014
Guerrilla gardening. Pavement-to-parks. Open streets. These are all urban interventions of a sort: quick, sometimes temporary, cheap projects that aim to make a small part of a city more safe, lively, or enjoyable. These types of projects have grown in popularity in recent years, and are being referred to as tactical urbanism (tactics used to improve the urban environment).
We recently partnered with the City of Fremont on a tactical urbanism project in which we sought to improve safety for pedestrians at a well-used crosswalk. Tactical urbanism strategies were used to speed the implementation and minimize the capital investment needed for those improvements. Did it work? Well, not every transportation project earns thank you cards from the immediately-surrounding community, but we're proud to say that this one did.