Kylie Walzak, Living Streets Alliance, USA
Kylie Walzak, M.Ed., is the Lead Program Manager with Living Streets Alliance, a non-profit transportation advocacy organization she co-founded in 2011 where she serves as the creative lead for Cyclovia Tucson, one of North America’s longest-running open streets initiatives.
Living Streets Alliance is working to transform Tucson, Arizona’s streets into public spaces for people. In less than a decade, LSA has grown its popular open streets event to engage 80,000 participants annually, implemented Tucson’s first tactical urbanism intersection transformations, established a thriving Safe Routes to School program, and celebrated a major advocacy win with the adoption of a strong, community-led Complete Streets policy in 2019.
The #CorbettPorch, as Tucson’s first tactical urbanism intersection is known, was installed in the fall of 2017 with support from an AARP Community Challenge grant and has since been featured in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Art Asphalt Guide as an example of leading as a non-profit. The intersection redesign reclaimed overbuilt, unused pavement with curb extensions, flexible posts, planters filled with native plants, and public seating adjacent to nearby businesses in an effort to reduce conflict between the hundreds of people on foot and on bike who use the intersection daily to go to and from downtown Tucson. #CorbettPorch has become a place in and of itself organically with photoshoots, pop-up events, and plenty of leisurely lingering – all signs of quality public space and placemaking.
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