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Paint, Posts, Pop-ups and Partnerships: The Quadruple Threat to Transform Streets Fast

Cities are operationalizing the concept of streets as places for people. As this expanded definition of streets continues to take hold, and as the designs informing how they operate continue to transform, cities can create more vibrant public spaces and shift the way people travel. And better yet, these transformations can happen relatively cheap and fast. With the right combination of paint, posts, and partnerships, cities can prove concepts and change the status quo in a matter of months or days (and sometimes even overnight).

Hear from Boston, Denver, and Memphis about their work with local advocacy and community organizations to implement pilots and pop-ups that paved the way for more permanent changes. Panelists will share their strategies for delivering unconventional treatments and candidly discuss what it takes to take risks and experiment on streets. We’ll cover everything from bus and bike lanes, to new medians and creative bus shelter treatments. After their presentations it’s your turn to use these cities (and more!) as your inspiration, as you re-envision a street in a tactical design exercise.

Session Format: Visual presentations & interactive design exercise