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The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit

Projects that inspire change — and improve communities for people of all ages

An alleyway transformation in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Photos courtesy Team Better Block

During a pop-up demonstration project in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, an umbrella canopy turned a shabby alleyway into a destination. See page 26 to learn about "alley activation" pop-up demonstrations.

Seeing potential solutions is more effective than simply reading, hearing or talking about them. 

The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit by AARP and the urban planning firm Team Better Block can help elected officials, planners, policymakers and involved residents use temporary projects to improve communities for people of all ages. 

Download or view a PDF of The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit by clicking here or on the image.

The publication, which includes placemaking "recipes" from Team Better Block, is a practical guide to demonstrating and implementing positive change. 


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