What is the role of citizen and community input in urban planning? Smart planners aim to empower people in communities in order to ensure the best implementation of a strategy or an idea.
Meanwhile, some community activists have no use for sitting through public meetings, and simply take matters into their own hands, like spray-painting a crosswalk on their street. Other actions are more comical, others are more creative and still many more are illegal.
We are talking about DIY Urbanism, a trend in urban theory that is being used in communities across the U.S. The essence of DIY Urbanism is that it happens at the grass roots level, and emphasizes an ethic of self-reliance for the public good. This idea was put into practice by necessity recently in New York City following Hurricane Sandy. In some instances, it may prove to have some lasting benefits.