PAS QuickNotes (QN)

PAS QuickNotes is a series of briefing papers that provides planning fundamentals for public officials and engaged citizens.

QN offers a timely, concise overview of a single planning topic as well as additional information and resources available through the Planning Advisory Service.

Subscribers have digital access to both current and archived editions.

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Tactical Urbanism

The term tactical urbanism refers to any temporary, low-cost intervention in the built environment. In practice, tactical urbanism encompasses a wide range of both legal and illegal interventions on public and private land. Common examples include temporary bicycle lanes, parking space to "parklet" conversions, community gardens, and food truck gatherings. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes provides an overview of tactical urbanism and explains why a growing number of local governments are using a tactical urbanism approach to demonstrate alternatives, test designs or programs, and implement plan recommendations.

Planning and Local Revenue Sources

Local governments depend on revenue to deliver a range of services, including public education, police and fire, and transit services. Local governments also pay for critical infrastructure, such as roads and water systems, that make local and regional economic development possible. The latest edition of PAS QuickNotes provides a general overview of potential local revenue sources and briefly touches on how revenue structure influences land-use mix, the spatial distribution of development, and economic development decisions in a given community.

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Authors Wanted

If you are a planner or authority in the field with expertise in one of the following areas, please send an e-mail to the editor at pasquicknotes

  • Techniques for Successful Public Engagement
  • Historic Preservation or Historic District Planning
  • Neighborhood Planning
  • Health Impact Assessments and Planning
  • Understanding MPOs

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