Guerilla Urbanism: Small Interventions, Big Impact

Citizen-led projects can lead to broader changes — if cities will listen.

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March 24, 2024, 11:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


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‘Guerilla urbanism’ was the topic of a Congress for New Urbanism webinar that highlighted how individual citizens and groups are “asking forgiveness not permission” to improve their communities.

As Robert Steuteville explains, the movement uses simple, quick, and cheap interventions to make roads safer or utilize empty lots. In Houston, a group of neighbors started growing food on a vacant lot in their neighborhood. In Los Angeles, a group calling itself Crosswalk Collective paints crosswalks at dangerous intersections where the city has failed to do so. A group in Wichita glued toilet plungers to the edges of an unprotected bike lane to create a visual barrier, prompting the city to later install more permanent safety infrastructure.

You can watch a recording of the full webinar at the source link.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 in Congress For New Urbanism

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