Pop-up urbanism, or tactical urbanism as it’s sometimes called, seems like an idea that belongs to our era.
Streets repurposed as public markets. Parking spaces as parks. Vacant storefronts as temporary art galleries. It’s never been hotter.
But this movement actually has 40 years of history, writes Aurash Khawarzad at Network blog Pattern Cities. Its origins can be traced to San Francisco and a woman whose name has been nearly forgotten.