The Urban Design Studio brought Mike Lydon to Louisville to discuss tactical urbanism during a Sustainable City Series event with the public on June 21st at Fresh Start in NuLu. Mike Lydon was joined by a panel of local urbanists including Shane Corbin of the City of Jeffersonville, Dana Jackson of NC3, Patrick Piuma of the UDS, and moderator Gabe Bullard from Louisville Public Media.
The following day was the Tactical Urbanism Salon, where local urbanists and other community members gathered to reimagine the 800 block of East Market Street based on conceptual plans that would potentially redesigned the block and include the original Olmsted design with a vegetated median. The purpose of the salon was to physically demonstrate aspects of the plan so that participants could get involved in the process and see an example of what was proposed rather than looking at plans on paper.
In preparation of the Tactical Urbanism Salon, Piuma worked with Dirk Gowin of Public Works on the reverse-angle parking demonstration by marking off where each line needed to be for official parking spaces. This portion of East Market has existing diagonal parking on both sides of the street. Reverse-angle parking essentially flips the parking so that the driver backs into the space and is in a position to be able to see on-coming traffic better, particularly when there is a bike lane between the parking and travel lanes.
On the day of the event, volunteers used the pre-marked locations to install the reflective traffic line tape.
Other groups of volunteers, including Patrick Henry, Steven Ward and Jeremy Semones helped coordinate efforts to install temporary curb extensions with seating made from hay bales, as well as an arrangement of borrowed plants from Wallitsch Nursery.
Steve Paradis, owner of Fresh Start Growers Supply, lent out an assortment of large trees that he also brought over on his skid-steer to simulate the treed media from Olmsted's original design.
Approximate 45 people showed up to participate in the Tactical Urbanism Salon. The UDS received a lot of great feedback from the event both about the process of using tactical urbanism to engage the public, but also related to thoughts on the streetscape redesign.