Can Pop-Up Shops Improve My Community?: Exploring the Linkages between Tactical Urbanism and Community Development
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This paper argues the benefits of incorporating tactical urbanism as a strategy to supplement community development programs sponsored by the public sector. To make this claim, I identify linkages among the intended outcomes of both tactical urbanism initiatives and popular community development programs sponsored at the federal level. To further strengthen my claim, I conducted a survey identifying tactical urbanism initiatives located in areas considered suitable for community development work (i.e., low-to-moderate income census tracts). This approach identifies areas where tactical urbanism can have the greatest impact. Currently, the public sector is slow to support tactical urbanism initiatives. In addressing this issue, I reference relevant literature to discuss the evaluative and programmatic implications influencing the likelihood of tactical urbanism being considered as a viable tool for federally sponsored community development programs. I conclude by making recommendations for maximizing the advantages of tactical urbanism within the public realm.