Catalyzing Economic Growth Through Tactical Urbanism

Chicago Region

Event details:

11:30am CDT on Wednesday, May 17, 2023
1:30pm CDT on Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Maggiano's Little Italy
516 N. Clark Street
Chicago , IL 60654 ,

$60 LAI Ely Member Registration + +$5.87 Fee for Eventbrite registration

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4:00pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2023
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In June 2020, at the height of the pandemic, and in the wake of civil unrest, a group of architects, planners, and designers came together with the goal of helping communities on the city’s South and West sides re-open during challenging times. The result was two public interventions – 75th Street Boardwalk and POPCourts!. The success of these two projects led to the Public Outdoor Plazas (POP) Program, and ten more plazas, which sought to activate vacant lots on commercial corridors through Tactical Urbanism.

Tactical Urbanism (n): An approach to neighborhood building that uses short-term, low cost, and scalable interventions to catalyze long-term change.

The Mayor’s Office and Department of Planning and Development (DPD) are developing the next iteration of the POP Program with a focus on vacant storefronts. The goal is to use the same Tactical Urbanism strategies to catalyze economic growth along these corridors.

The success of the POP Program and its expansion suggest that tactical urbanism could be employed in other realms as well, with positive social and economic impact. Those possibilities include other neighborhoods in Chicago, communities across the country, and public and private institutions.

Speaker Line Up!

  • Mary O’Connor, Deputy Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
  • Ernie Wong, Principal & President, Site Design Group, Ltd.
  • Katanya Raby, Vice President, Planning & Development, Far South Community Development Corp.
  • Alan Barker, Principal, Lamar Johnson Collaborative (Moderator)