I was walking between classes one day at law school when I stopped in my tracks and thought “What on earth am I doing in LAW school, I’m an anarchist! I hate rules!” Now I’m in a position to help make local laws, I have similar thoughts when I see things about tactical urbanism like Building the Better Block.
Government is not likely to lead the way to creative, even fun, solutions to urban planning (or much of anything else). We need government for stability, responsible management, careful spending, street maintenance, wastewater treatment, etc. It’s slow, at best. At worst, it prevents good stuff from happening. Action oriented, creatively ADD sort of folks might well chew their own limbs off to escape the constraints and pace of working with city government.
Government, however, needs the urbanist guerrilla types to show what can happen with a little organization, passion, and involved citizens. If we’re good at governing, we’ll find ways to empower people to try new things, be flexible enough in regulating to encourage private action, and be able to celebrate the results.
Get busy: here’s Tactical Urbanism, Vol. 1