Short-term, community-based projects—from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives—have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the Tactical Urbanism movement. Tactical Urbanism, written by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia, two founders of the movement, promises to be the foundational guide for urban transformation. Tactical Urbanism will inspire and empower a new generation of engaged citizens, urban designers, land use planners, architects, and policymakers to become key actors in the transformation of their communities.
Mike Lydon is principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. An internationally recognized planner, he was a co-author of The Smart Growth Manual and the creator and primary author of the reports "The Open Streets Project" and "Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action, Long-Term Change" Vols.1 and 2. He serves as a board member for the Center for a New American Dream and CNU New York and is an advisor for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. He works and speaks globally on smart growth, livable cities, active transportation, and tactical urbanism. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Anthony Garcia is principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. A leader in civic advocacy in South Florida, he was managing editor and publisher of TransitMiami.com, an award winning blog dedicated to planning and transportation in South Florida. He was also project director for six years at the firm of Chael Cooper & Associates Architects. He serves as part-time faculty at the University Of Miami School of Architecture and is a member of the Congress of the New Urbanism. He lives in Miami, Florida.
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