Comment 89334

By beancounter (registered) | Posted June 05, 2013 at 20:39:11

Tactical urbanism appears to work best if it is supported or even carried out by the local authorities. Support is exemplified to some extent by the City of Hamilton's belated response as indicated in the above article by Ryan McGreal.

For an example of tactical urbanism carried out by the authorities themselves we can look to the city of Curitiba in Brazil and its progressive mayor, Jaime Lerner.

When strong opposition from local merchants blocked the implementation of a plan approved six years earlier to turn six blocks of the main downtown shopping street into a pedestrian zone, Lerner went into action. He masterminded the execution of the planned conversion over a period of ... three days, before formal objections could be made. See the following story in the New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/magazi...

Additional inspiring information about this revolutionary mayor is found in the following video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRD3l3rlM...

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