For Tactical Urbanism on City Streets

It was about 1977 when folks from the Department of Public Works of my Stuttgart Borough of Bad Cannstatt engaged in some tactical urbanism by nailing railroad ties to the pavement of some streets in my neighborhood. In just a few hours they had some streets converted in segments of opposing one way streets to curtail cut-through traffic, had created pinch-points to slow traffic and installed the first ever counter-flow bike lane in all of the State. Baffled residents and drivers who hadn't followed the months of public debate in the local council were consoled by the assurance that this was only a test. Should it not work out, those tiles would be removed after at the latest three months, or earlier, should something appear to be dangerous.

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