How have cities developed for millennia? Did citizens have to petition their leaders to go build new roads with proper sidewalks, or wait for the next big thing - like a billion dollar football stadium in order to see their cities flourish? Or did people just come together when someone needed a place, and they built it together? Didn't they incrementally expand when the need and financial situations intersected? What happens when a city is built in an incremental and sustainable way both in terms of land-use and financial means? Instead of wondering, let's find out. That is the purpose of Little Urban Experiments (LUE) - to test out little, incremental experiments in order to improve the daily lives of those who live and work in urban areas.
There are new and unique challenges that exist in our modern cities that haven't existed for most of history, however that does not mean that building and adapting urban areas in small ways to make them more human scale, does not still apply to today. On the contrary - it is even more imperative to use this small incremental approach in our cities today than in the past simply because we cannot afford to rely on constant economic growth to make large-scale enhancements.
Today US cities do most improvements by issuing debt. Most US cities simply cannot afford to do this anymore simply because most are becoming insolvent. There is no other sustainable way to improve our cities than to experiment and enable everyday people to be the ones that do the experimenting.
Join us at LUE in dreaming and thinking and hypothesizing and then finally implementing these experiments. Some of them will blossom into bigger and bigger things, but not all at once. Some will fail to do anything all at. But we should not be married to any specific idea other than the need for a continual stream of many little urban experiments. Read the blog and participate in the experiments for your own city (or town). If you have experiments that you'd like to add to the site, please get in contact with us. If you're interested in becoming a regular contributor to this site and want to post your own experiments then please also contact us. Thanks for reading our site and for helping make your city a better place to live in by helping to be the change that you want to see, one little urban experiment at a time.