Using Tactical Urbanism to Preserve Downtowns

| Monday, May 19 | 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Room: Ambassador Salon I | Session Track: U



Using Tactical Urbanism to Preserve Downtowns

“Tactical urbanism” is a hot, new, revolutionary movement that is transforming how people revitalize places. One example of tactical urbanism, the Better Block movement, creates short-term "interventions" in a 48-hour period for $1,000 or less, planting the seeds for long-term change. Learn how Main Street communities can benefit from tactical urbanism and the Better Block initiative. Researchers and on-the-ground tactical urbanists will share their examples and experiences and provide practical, "real world" applications that communities can implement.


Isaac Kremer, Discover Downtown Middlesboro
Isaac Kremer is an economic development and historic preservation practitioner. As executive director of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association on Long Island from 2008 to 2012, he restored over a dozen buildings. Now executive director of Discover Downtown Middlesboro in Kentucky, Kremer has been a strong advocate for tactical urbanism. He helped to organize one of the first Better Block projects in the country in 2011, and another in Middlesboro in 2013.

Mike Lydon, Street Plans Collaborative
Mike Lydon is a principal of the Street Plans Collaborative. As an internationally recognized planner, writer, and advocate, his work has been featured by NPR, the New York Times, and Atlantic Cities. Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published in 2009. Mike is also the primary author of The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change, Vol.1 and Vol.2. 

Caitlyn Horose, Orton Family Foundation
Caitlyn Horose is a consultant with the Orton Family Foundation with experience in community planning, public participation and non-profit marketing and fundraising. She has helped organize the CommunityMatters initiative, giving citizens power to solve their community's problems and to direct future change. Previously Caitlyn was a planning assistant with Colorado Parks & Wildlife. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in community planning and development from the Muskie School for Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.