Fayetteville Tactical Urbanism Project to Be Made Permanent

 Photo © Todd Gill,  Fayetteville Flyer

Photo © Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Last summer, we teamed up with Fayetteville safe streets advocate, architect, and planning commissioner Alli Quinlan to support a critical tactical urbanism project at the intersection of Mill and Rock in front of the Yvonne Richardson Community Center. Having secured support from the City of Fayetteville through the city's then-new tactical urbanism permit application, Quinlan and a team of volunteers transformed the dangerous intersection by reducing the curb radius of one of the turns and adding stop signs and brightly colored crosswalks, which were designed by summer campers at the Community Center.

 Previous conditions at Mill and Rock

Previous conditions at Mill and Rock

 Improvements at Mill and Rock

Improvements at Mill and Rock

Earlier this week, the City Council's Transportation Committee reviewed pre- and post-installation data, which indicate that there are far fewer speeding vehicles as a result of the improvements. Chris Brown, City Engineer, explained to BikeNWA in a phone call that as a result of these findings, certain aspects of this "test before you invest" project will be made permanent:

  • the 3-way stop will remain in place
  • the curb radius will be permanently reduced, although not by the same means (bollards) used during the temporary project
  • official crosswalks will be painted and ADA-accessible curb cuts installed (pending funding)

Brown noted that while the City appreciates the willingness of residents to embark on placemaking projects like Quinlan's, even a successful test does not mean that the City has money to invest in a permanent fix. That's where a crowdfunding platform like ioby might come into play to supplement city funds. ("ioby," or "in our backyard," is the antithesis to the NIMBY attitude that proclaims, "not in my backyard!") ioby "brings neighborhood projects to life, block by block," by providing a way for residents to raise money, share ideas, recruit volunteers, and advocate for place-based change.