Forget stadiums: Let’s build a pop-up park.
Smart cities know the future is cooler, cheaper — and smaller
Last week, a press release from Chicago’s Office of the Mayor proclaimed something that would have sounded like a Yes Men prank just a few years ago: Rahm Emanuel, it said, has a plan to get rid of the city’s “excess asphalt.”
It wasn’t a proposal for a big new park or recreational facility, but a plan to take little bits of public space here and there — streets, parking spots, alleyways — and turn them into places for people. It was the latest example of a municipal government taking an active role in tactical urbanism, that low-cost, low-commitment, incremental approach to city building — the “let’s not build a stadium” strategy…
oh so different one of San Diego’s major issues: where to build a new football stadium. do we even need this thing?? and SD’s got way more excess asphalt and concrete than Chicago.