Tactical Urbanism

Tactical Urbanism is a set of ideas, methods, and tools which help city governments and community groups work to build safer, happier, and more connected neighborhoods. These goals are achieved by installing short-term, low-cost pilot projects to test out long-term, permanent improvements to the built environment. 

Tactical Urbanism comes in all shapes and sizes. Past projects from around the world have included transforming intersections into pedestrian plazascreating pop-up parks in parking spaces, and installing crowd-sourced signage to key community destinations. Right here in Northwest Arkansas, bike lanes and pedestrian infrastructure were installed temporarily using Tactical Urbanism techniques.

The City of Fayetteville is working to integrate some of the techniques and methods of Tactical Urbanism into our planning and development processes.
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Street Plans Workshop

In November of 2016, City staff, elected officials, regional bike and pedestrian advocacy groups, local business owners, and University representatives met with the Street Plans Collaborative to learn about Tactical Urbanism and identify possible pilot project locations in Fayetteville.

Workshop participants identified the Spring Street corridor as a good candidate due to community interest in increasing bike and pedestrian access from the Razorback Regional Greenway to Downtown Fayetteville. 

The Workshop report is available here
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Mini-Roundabout Installation 

To implement the designs and methods learned during the workshop, City staff developed a plan to install a temporary, mini-roundabout at the intersection of Spring Street and School Avenue. 

In February of 2017, City staff, local businesses, and community volunteers worked together to build the roundabout. The roundabout was removed in late March of 2017. 

More information on the design, installation, data findings, and conclusions from the pilot project can be found here
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Community-led Placemaking Projects

The City is investigating the process of creating a permit which would allow community groups and neighborhoods to initiate Tactical Urbanism projects and installations.

The City is looking to create a process similar to the one used by Burlington, Vermont

This page will be updated with the application and permitting process as soon as it has been established.


Tactical Urbanism around the World 

Many cities around the globe are embracing low cost, short term projects to quickly and efficiently test improvements to their communities. Check out this list if you need ideas for a local project or just want to see what some of our global neighbors are doing to improve their cities: