‘A Better City’ Releases Case Study Report on Tactical Public Space Projects

Feb 24, 2021

Building on the work of the 2018 Tactical Public Realm Guidelines presented by the City of Boston and A Better City, the latter organization released the Tactical Public Realm Case Studies report.

While the work is centered in Boston, these case studies present lessons for age-and dementia friendly communities across the state that are looking to make better use of public spaces.

The report provides an overview of the planning, design, and implementation process for three projects managed by A Better City—Birch Street Plaza, Green Street Plaza, and Outdoor Seating in East Boston—as well as a fourth case study describing the six pop-up plazas implemented by the City of Boston Director of Public Realm. As demonstrated by these case studies, modest, low-cost interventions can effectively convert our streets into spaces for convening, creation, and collaboration, fostering more vibrant communities and economies.