Do It Yourself - Fayetteville Launches Tactical Urbanism Program

 Safe streets advocate Michael Ward paints a decorative brick pattern at the intersection of Church and Center in Fayetteville. Photo by J.T. Wampler of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Safe streets advocate Michael Ward paints a decorative brick pattern at the intersection of Church and Center in Fayetteville. Photo by J.T. Wampler of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Via The Free Weekly

FAYETTEVILLE—Residents who want to take care of their neighborhood’s immediate concerns, such as safely crossing the street, slowing down cars or creating bicycle lanes, now can do so on their own with city approval.

The city rolled out its tactical urbanism program last week. The practice entails using low-cost, temporary materials to create traffic safety features or decoration.

The term is largely attributed to urban planner Mike Lydon, whose Street Plans Collaborative held a workshop on the topic for city officials in November. Several volunteers put together a crosswalk and bike lane in front of Nadine Baum Studios, crossing from the trail to West Avenue, during the workshop.

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