Tactical Urbanism on E. Market

On 6-22-13 a team of citizens headed by Patrick Piuma of the Urban Design Studio and Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative spear headed a Tactical Urbanism action in the 800 block of East Market in Louisville KY.  These images were taken during a morning that included shutting down parts of E Market, reverse parking, bump-outs at intersections, a tree lined median parklet, strawbale seating, and other designs.  A Tactical Urbanism Salon took place at the Green Building in the 700 block followed by a 9 person Pecha Kucha style presentation on TU like efforts currently going on in Louisville.  My hat is off to everyone involved in making this sort of thing happen.  On my “TOOLS” page I put up links to the Tactical Urbansim handbooks.

At 2:00 p.m. on the day of the TU intervention Why Louisville Two hosted a March of the Colonels.  Was that serendipity, good planning, or just the way Louisville rolls.  We may never know.  We may never care.

Mike Lydon and Patrick Piuma discuss a TU action in the 800 block of E. Market.

Mike Lydon and Patrick Piuma discuss a TU action in the 800 block of E. Market.

Sy Safi (on knees) and others help with the street art in the new median parklet.

Sy Safi (on knees) and others help with the street art in the new median parklet.

TU team creating straw bale seating. Canvas over straw.

TU team creating straw bale seating. Canvas over straw.

Start up company at the TU.  Fresh, cold and tasty.

Start up company at the TU. Fresh, cold and tasty.

Mary Beth Brown discusses TU in the middle of Market St. over lunch.

Mary Beth Brown discusses TU in the middle of Market St. over lunch.

TU at the Speed of Local

TU at the Speed of Local

You can't engage in Tactical Urbanism without a beverage man.

You can’t engage in Tactical Urbanism without a beverage man.

Eric Burnette shows people how to make seed bombs.

Eric Burnette shows people how to make seed bombs.

Street art delineates the new median park.

Street art delineates the new median park.

Patrick Piuma.  Captain of this Ship of State.

Patrick Piuma. Captain of this Ship of State.

One of the strategies in TU is documentation.  Mary Beth Brown does that like a champ.

One of the strategies in TU is documentation. Mary Beth Brown does that like a champ.

Mike Lydon helps lead an idea capturing session during the intervention.

Mike Lydon helps lead an idea capturing session during the intervention.

The March of the Colonels gets ready to roll from Why Louisville Two.

The March of the Colonels gets ready to roll from Why Louisville Two.

Kate Hanraty, Colonel Sanders and Sailor Bip get ready for the March of the Colonels.

Kate Hanraty, Colonel Sanders and Sailor Bip get ready for the March of the Colonels.

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