Walking the Walk

Urban design from the front lines

Kevin Klinkenberg

Using urban design to make our lives more enjoyable and create wealth

This site is for all those interested in the making of cities and towns, and especially the lives of the humans that inhabit them. Kevin Klinkenberg is an architect and urban designer who's practiced from coast-to-coast. 

Friday photo 2/1/13

In the world of planning today, all the rage is Tactical Urbanism. And rightfully so. Anything that gets people more involved and active in improving their communities is a good thing. More than ever, it's great to see how people aren't waiting around for a big plan to make life better today. Today's photo is an example of one of the precursors to Tactical Urbanism. In Vancouver, WA, this redevelopment around a downtown park allocated cheap space at ground level for farmer's market stalls and operations. Even better, the sidewalk had electrical outlets installed at a frequent spacing so that trucks and carts could use them on market days, or other times. Simple, smart ideas to enliven public space and our streets.