Talking Headways Podcast: Pattern Cities and the Bellbottoms of Urbanism

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This week we talk to Mike Lydon of The Street Plans Collaborative and co-author of the recent book Tactical Urbanism. Based on his experience with tactical urbanism, Mike says you know an idea has “made it” when it gets co-opted for things that don’t fit the actual definition. We also discuss how to take a small planning idea and make it bigger, and whether urbanism goes through cycles like fashion, with ideas from the past coming back into style.

Tune in and get the scoop on tactical urbanism stories from Boston; Ponderay, Idaho; and Hamilton, Ontario. Hear what Mike has to say about the importance of having people interact with real places during the public planning process, and about pattern cities — places that have spawned a good idea that other places have copied.

  • Kelly Pierce

    I wish Mike was asked to provide contact information about the groups or projects he referenced. I was unable to locate nearly all of them using a Google search. He also did a lot of naming of projects without Jeff asking Mike what exactly they did specifically. It also was not clear if Mike was speaking about citizen initiatives or using the podcast as a platform to recommend consultants that he believes should be hired. I believe it is important to know if a guest is advocating on behalf of a paid professional or highlighting a community project or a citizen initiative that is not organized by paid professionals.

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