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Fayetteville launches tactical urbanism program

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Photographs by J.T. Wampler

Volunteers work Sunday at painting new crosswalk and curb extensions at the Church Avenue intersection with Center Street. Fayetteville has officially launched its Tactical Urbanism program where residents can put together a plan to build a crosswalk or bike lane or decorative plants or nonpermanent road barrier of some kind and submit it to the city.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Residents who want to take care of their neighborhood's immediate concerns, such as safely crossing the street, slowing down cars or creating bicycle lanes, now can do so on their own with city approval.

Michael Ward of Fayetteville paints a new crosswalk and curb extensions at the Church Avenue intersection with Center Street.

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For an application, guide and more information, go to: fayetteville-ar.gov/tacticalurbanism

Tactical Urbanism

Other national examples include:

• New York’s plaza program, which transformed busy intersections into sit-down areas.

bit.ly/nycplazaprogram

• The Park(ing) Day event in September has residents around the country turn otherwise empty parking spaces into pop-up parks.

parkingday.org

• Walk [Your City] lets users design their own street signs and get them delivered to place in their neighborhoods.

walkyourcity.org

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