Temporary Improvements Can Lead to Permanent Ones: Implement a Pop-Up Project, Program or Event
WALC Institute is pleased to present the AARP Pop-Up Demonstration Took Kit authored by WALC Institute Executive Director Robert Ping, sponsored by AARP Livability Communities and edited by AARP Livable Communities Advisor/Editor Melissa Stanton. This resource provides a step-to-step guide of how to implement a successful pop-up event or project along with six case studies for your review.
Tool Kit Overview
Inspiring livability advancements are taking place in tiny villages, sprawling suburbs and the largest city centers. But permanent, large-scale changes can be difficult to launch. That's why "pop-up" demonstration projects — temporary bike lanes, protected intersections, crosswalks, parklets, sidewalk cafes, plazas, benches, street trees and more — are such valuable tools.
Pop-up demonstration projects — also known as "tactical urbanism," "Do-It-Yourself urbanism" or "DIY urbanism" — typically involve community members working together to bring attention to overlooked spaces, address neighborhood issues, or demonstrate things they want changed or improved within a public or sometimes private space such as a streetscape, empty building or underused lot.
When it's possible to illustrate a new idea through the temporary pop-up installation or demonstration, a proposal or desired enhancement can be more quickly understood, supported and achieved.
A pop-up demonstration project can be organized and implemented quickly or over time.
Please click on the buttons below to read each section of the tool kit along with the individual case studies.
The Pop-Up Demonstration Tool Kit
A parklet is a small space that serves as an extension of the sidewalk, providing amenities and green space for neighborhood retail streets and commercial areas. Parklets take the place of auto-spaces. A pocket park is a tiny park, often located within curb extensions or in alleyways, parking lots, empty building lots and other underused spaces that create places where people can rest, gather and socialize. Parklets and pocket parks both accommodate an unmet demand for public spaces and often have a distinctive design that incorporates seating, landscaping, bicycle parking, signage, play structures and even artwork.
Please click on the blue button below to download a Powerpoint presentation that shares more examples of parklets from around the globe.
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