In 2020 we saw many municipal and nonprofit leaders implement rapid response placemaking and tactical placemaking projects as a result of the global pandemic. As a result, many business districts were buzzing with people while social distancing and supporting local businesses. To create the tactical placemaking projects there were several key sources of funding to implement these projects including funding from funding directly from municipalities, the Barr Foundation, the Solomon Foundation, MassDOT, MassDev, and crowdfunding. This winter is a great time to pause, reflect, evaluate, and improve on the placemaking and tactical urbanism projects implemented in 2020. The panelists will provide overviews of how the project’s costs and funding, outreach to local businesses and stakeholders, permitting, and implementation. We will reflect on what worked well in these rapid response projects as well as share ideas for what could be improved and identify lessons learned as well as how other communities could replicate similar projects. We will also discuss ways we are looking ahead to winter, 2021, and beyond.
City of Boston: Jacob Wessel, Public Realm Director
City of Somerville: Sunayana Thomas, Senior Economic Development Planner at City of Somerville
City of Salem: Nicholas Downing, Assistant Traffic Director
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.: Margaret Kent, Planner
Neighorways Design: Jess Mortel, Principal + Senior Placemaker
The Trust for Public Land: Guadalupe Garcia, Parks for People Program Manager
Bench Consulting: Jonathan Berk, Principal + Creative Director