30 Mar '12, 10pm

So many places where DIY re-envisioning of cities and suburbs is now appropriate.

From guerilla gardening to commando crosswalk painting, a new breed of urbanists is using illicit means to create livable communities. Tactical urbanism in action: guerrilla crosswalk painting. Photo: credit Street Plans It's 3 a.m., and the city street is finally quiet. In the shadows under a defunct streetlight, three twenty-somethings in black hoodies pull cans of paint from a backpack and set furtively to work. When distant headlights sweep into view, they grab their gear with whispered profanities and duck into a nearby alley, returning when the sound of tires fades. Finishing shortly after, they pack up their gear and hurry off, triumphant at not getting caught. Soon the morning light reveals their illicit work: a bright new crosswalk. When petitions don't work This is the sort of guerrilla approach to urban repair discussed in the second volume of "Tactical Urbanism...

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