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Tactical Urbanism: Depaving

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Tactical Urbanism: Depaving

  1. 1. The Depaving Method of Tactical Urbanism By: Connor Cox
  2. 2. What is Depaving? Depaving is the removal of unnecessary pavement in urban areas to create green areas  Where is depaving happening?
  3. 3. Tactical Urbanism & Depaving   Most forms of tactical urbanism can be implemented sporadically; however, depaving must done in a more delicate manner. Other forms of implementation ◦ Temporary seating ◦ Outdoor dining ◦ Public gardens ◦ Street landscaping
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Stormwater  What is stormwater? ◦ Contaminants? ◦ Polluting the water system ◦ Major government expenditure
  6. 6. Increasing area for other modes of transportation By removing unnecessary pavement, the extra space can be used for sidewalks and bike lanes.
  7. 7. Pedestrian safety Curb bump outs have increased safety for pedestrians by shortening the distance of the crosswalk and force drivers to slow down.
  8. 8. Challenges for Depavement  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
  9. 9. Partnerships 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
  10. 10. The Future of Depaving  What will it take for the continued development of Depaving? ◦ Advocacy ◦ Marketing/Advertising ◦ Tactical Urbanism