The Depaving Method of Tactical
By: Connor Cox
What is Depaving?
Depaving is the removal of unnecessary pavement in
urban areas to create green areas
Where is depaving happening?
Tactical Urbanism & Depaving
Most forms of tactical urbanism can be
implemented sporadically; however,
depaving must done in a more delicate
Other forms of implementation
◦ Temporary seating
◦ Outdoor dining
◦ Public gardens
◦ Street landscaping
The History of Depaving
Depave began in 2007 as a small organization in Portland, OR
attempting to revitalize local neighborhoods.
◦ Minimize stormwater pollution
◦ Remove unnecessary pavement
The organization became so successful they began to receive grants from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, the Oregon Department of Environmental
Quality Patagonia, and Multnomah Soil and Water Districts.
What is stormwater?
◦ Polluting the water system
◦ Major government expenditure
Increasing area for other modes of
By removing unnecessary pavement,
the extra space can be used for
sidewalks and bike lanes.
Curb bump outs have increased safety for pedestrians by shortening the distance of the
crosswalk and force drivers to slow down.
There are also challenges for depavement in terms of long-term changes
Construction on major streets can cause unnecessary congestion
These changes can make future expansion difficult if not impossible
Government spending is required to make long-term changes to roadways
An interesting example of
depavement came when the
Urban Forrest Stewardship
Network partnered with Depave
Paradise to transform a
parking lot to a green area
The Future of Depaving
What will it take for the continued development of
◦ Tactical Urbanism