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Activating Public Space and Prioritizing Pedestrians

Cities are transforming the urban landscape with parklets, public plazas, and interim design strategies to create pedestrian priority spaces that support local business health and neighborhood quality-of-life. Application-based programs for parklets and public plazas leverage community support, focusing resources in neighborhoods seeking changes to their urban landscape. Similarly, interim project delivery methods use low-cost, flexible materials to realize the benefits of a project or public space in the near term, while political will, community support and funding for the full scale implementation accumulates. This session will cover strategies for expanding and institutionalizing the application-based public space programs and interim design strategies that are successfully building community partnerships and quickly transforming the public realm.