Small Bets for Better Cities
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
In between our paying gigs, AC enjoys working on passion projects. Our latest is a documentary film about something called Tactical Urbanism. After decades of sprawl, cities are making a comeback. In the wake of the financial crisis more and more people are re-evaluating the suburban lifestyle, and discovering a new appreciation for walkable, diverse urban environments. With this “New Urbanism” we are seeing the emergence of a more agile approach to improving cities and neighborhoods from within – aka. Tactical Urbanism. While these tactile methods are not a replacement for long-term strategic planning, they are a way for individuals to take and inspire action, and to serve as catalysts for the change they want to see.
From the Proxy project in Hayes Valley to Oakland’s Popuphood, there are so many great examples of tactics at work here in the Bay Area. It is a big topic. So we have decided to start by exploring the larger trend through the lens of the SF Parklets. Over the course of this project, we’ll be speaking with a range of folks with different perspectives on the subject. But since tactical success hinges on local involvement, it feels only natural to start with the people behind individual Parklets. Here are some of the amazing folks we have met so far, leading the charge for change.