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Tactical Urbanism Creates A Neighborhood Oasis

This past Saturday, a number of neighbors, grassroots activists and urban planners got together in the Five Points neighborhood to host an exercise in good design practice (see more).

The result was a fantastic urbanist showstopper that literally transformed a vapid intersection into a vibrant space by introducing functional street art, temporary street calming designs, pedestrian-friendly elements, aesthetic charm, and simple green foliage (love the image of the woman watering the shrub). There were even some bizarre interactive seating arrangements to spark the imaginations of all who participated.

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The placemaking exercise was both fun and lesson-driven. It shows just how valuable it is to get the community together to create a neighborhood that residents feel is worth living in and investing in. By showing the tangible results of the exercise, the hope is that a permanent plan can be devised so that this temporary oasis might one day become an everyday epicenter of humanist activity (see here).

Thanks to the CNU crew for bringing this project to light. Now, can we repeat this exercise on other parts of the city?

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Written by queenseyes

queenseyes

Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • wish i could have been there.  was any of the intervention permanent?

  • Cam33r4

    Looks

  • Captain Picard

    I don’t think so. It would have required a lot more money and time, not to mention a lot of fellatio down at city hall.

  • Captain Picard

    This intersection is actually large enough to put a small but permanent circle in the middle or do some curb-outs extending each of the five points. I’m not suggesting a proper roundabout like on Richmond (probably not large enough for that), but rather a form of “extension” of the current corners similar to what was done in the attached photos.

  • EB_Blue

    Daniel Seiders and the whole crew at Joy Kuebler Landscape Architects rocked the house on this one. Thanks to CNU for giving locals the opportunity to showcase Buffalo’s creativity and talent!