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Tactical Urbanism’ Gaining Momentum In San Diego

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Leaders in San Diego have spent a lot of time and effort on proposing big development projects like the Convention Center expansion or a proposed downtown stadium. Sometimes those plans don't pan out.

As an alternative, some community advocates, artists and architects are proposing city development on a much smaller scale.

For example, the city's second parklet recently opened in University Heights and construction is underway for a temporary park downtown on the corner of Park Boulevard and Market Street.

Tiny seating areas, green spaces, and public art are part of a movement called "tactical urbanism" which aims to make a small part of a city more livable and enjoyable without it breaking the bank. Now, after years of feet-dragging, it's an idea that the city of San Diego is beginning to embrace.

But as San Diego City Beat recently reported, planners could run into some red tape to get these mini-improvement projects off the ground. That's why the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a leader in the movement, is working with city leaders to follow what other big cities have done and streamline the permitting process.

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