Small Bets for Better Cities
"Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Agency Charlie, is embarking on a new passion project, a documentary film about something called Tactical Urbanism. After decades of sprawl, cities are making a comeback. In the wake of the financial crisis, more and more people are re-evaluating the suburban lifestyle, and discovering a new appreciation for walkable, diverse urban environments. With this “New Urbanism” we are seeing the emergence of a more agile approach to improving cities and neighborhoods from within - aka. Tactical Urbanism. While these tactile methods are not a replacement for long-term strategic planning, they are a way for individuals to take and inspire action, and to serve as catalysts for the change they want to see.
From the Proxy project in Hayes Valley to Oakland’s Popuphood, there are so many great examples of tactics at work here in the Bay Area. It is a big topic. So we have decided to start by exploring the larger trend through the lens of the SF Parklets. We’ll be speaking with a range of folks we think will have unique perspectives on the subject. But since tactical success hinges on local involvement, it feels only natural to start with the people behind individual Parklets. Here are some of the amazing folks we have met so far, leading the charge for change.
Kevin & Jessica of Siol Studios, creators of The Fillmore Stoop (2410 California Street)
Shannon & Luke of farm:table crowd-funded their parklet (754 Post Street).
Amandeep at home in Deepistan National Park (937 Valencia St.)
Olivia Olipin in the Fabric8 art parklet by Eric Otto (3318 22nd Street)
Nick Parker, owner of Mercury Cafe, is currently raising funds for his parklet (201 Octavia Street).
Beautiful photos of Fabric8 co-owners, Olivia & Anthony, shot by our talented DP, @nickkova.
Great shoot yesterday at the Fabric8 / public art venue. Now showing: The Peacekeeper by Erik Otto.
Some humble iPhone snapshots of last week’s farm:table parklet shoot.
We had a great interview shoot yesterday with Shannon Amitin (Owner) and Luke Stewart (Project Manager) of farm:table, in the Tenderloin.
We documented our trip around the Mission District, SF last week. @bennygold ‘s pup Levi, takes center stage. http://t.co/STebI97R
W/ a little help from our friends @LaFolie restaurant, we were able have a great shoot on Saturday.Thanks Chef Passot! http://t.co/FGXSkPn9